$640 in 5 days?! This is incredible! We’re so grateful to everybody that has donated. We’ve received contributions from three different continents already, so it’s clear that word about our project is really spreading around the globe, and we couldn’t be happier. We’d better start preparing all of the gifts we’ll be sending out to those who donate!
We’re over 15% of the way to our goal of $4,000, but what will your money actually provide us with? Well, all those donations to the finance our GPR means we now have funds to put towards other essential pieces of equipment. This includes small but vital things like bamboo sticks to mark out the sections we are surveying (one every 5 metres in an 80x80 metre grid is a lot of sticks!), food to fuel our hungry students and staff for a few days, and some petrol to help us transport our precious machines to site safely! The ancient colony of Libarna is situated between two modern towns – Serravalle Scrivia and Arquata Scrivia. As we can’t stay at Libarna all day and night (even though some of us would love to camp inside the amphitheatre!) we have to find accommodation nearby, which means we have to drive to and from site everyday with staff, students, lunches, and equipment as both towns are a couple of miles away! The cars we hire are vital to ensure that everybody gets the best out of their summer abroad – we can take everybody to site, complete our gigantic food hauls, take our students to museums in Milan, Turin and Genova, and on special occasions we can explore even more of the wider area by taking trips to more distant towns and villages, and making expeditions to swim in the nearby rivers! Although some of these might just sound like we’re enjoying a vacation, helping students experience another culture fully is part and parcel of a field-school, and we wouldn’t be fulfilling our duty as educators if we simply kept everybody on site and didn’t let them experience more of the wonderful country they’re visiting. Gaining knowledge about other countries, people, and the way they live is just as important as knowing how to conduct an archaeological survey, which is why these cars are just SO vital to all aspects of our work!
Today is a great day for an update because a talk is taking place at Libarna quite literally as this is being posted. Organised by the local University of the Third Age (U3A), the Libarna Arteventi Association (a local non-profit organisation that supports the site) and the Soprintendenza archaeologia belli arti e paesaggio per le province di Alessandria, the government department responsible for all archaeological work within the province of Alessandria. Not only will attendees be given a guided tour of the site and a lecture about the history and importance of Libarna, but our two co-directors Dr. Katie Huntley and Dr. Hannah Friedman will be making an appearance via videolink from Boise and Texas respectively! We’ll have more information about this up on our blog tomorrow, and don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @LibarnaULP for more regular updates!