Student Journal: summer dispatches from the field The Olympics of Ancient Nemea: excavating the way they were
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The Dispatches

1- A taxicab driver's introduction to Nemea and an archaeological jigsaw puzzle

2- The terra cotta jigsaw puzzle and Indiana Jones and his leather coat

3- Connect my 50 bug bites and you have a map of Nemea

4- Pilgrimage to Delphi, the center of the ancient Greek world

5- Upstairs to the Palamidi fortress, eye level with Zeus

6- Goodbye to Nemea, inventorying 5,000 artifacts


Nemean panorama
Nemean panorama

Katherine Chou
Fifty bug bites, a long lost marble inscription, shortcut to the top of the Nemean world

Once again, I've been banished to the storerooms. And it seems to be for good. I get the wonderful job of ordering, rearranging and inventorying the stuffy storeroom that seemingly hasn't been touched for anywhere between 15 and 40 years.

On the plus side, I rediscovered a piece of marble inscription that was recorded as lost 40 years ago. And while I dismantle a rusty eight-tier shelf, I get to inhale WD-40 fumes. Mmmmm .... fumes! Needless to say, I'm a bit loopy when I finish my day.

Actually, I'm happy to be occupied because that keeps me from thinking about my 50-plus bug bites. I think if I were to connect the dots, I would resemble the blueprints to the ancient temple of Nemea. Not the temple's remains: I mean the whole thing - peristyle, pronaos and all the decorations.

A few days ago, three of us were feeling adventurous and we decided to hike up to Mt. Apesas, the prominent flat-topped mountain we can see from our panoramic view at Nemea. It was tough going. We got our butts kicked by the climb, got baked by the oppressive heat and then there was the fact that we took a wrong turn within the first 10 minutes. And so we decided to turn back. Just as well. The hike would have taken a good four hours. Instead, we drove up Mt. Apesas with the wiser staff members on our team. From the top, we had a great view of the Bay of Corinth and the far distant peaks of Parnassus, Helicon and Delphi, our destination this weekend. We are definitely NOT going to try to hike to Delphi though. At least not this time...

— Katherine Chou


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