Sewanee Students Participate in Archaelogical Dig in Herculaneum

Three Sewanee students— Sarah Minnear, C’16, Grace Gibson, C’17, and Katherine Handloser, C’19 worked with Visiting Assistant Professor of Classical Languages, Jacqueline DiBiasie on the Herculaneum Graffiti Project. The students spent the early summer documenting and digitizing ancient graffiti from the city of Herculaneum, which was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. The project is collaborative and interdisciplinary.  Team members are from four ACS schools (Sewanee, Washington and Lee, University of Richmond, and Millsaps).  Project members find, photograph, record, and digitize ancient graffiti from the site, honing their skills in archaeological documentation, digital preservation, and Latin translation. 

You may read a more exhaustive article, Saving the Scribbles: A Sewanee professor and her students are preserving first-century graffiti with 21st-century tools by Tom Sanders

Visit the Project Site to learn more.

The full team from the various members of the Associated Colleges of the South

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