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Shipwreck Excavation – We’re Live!

At last – the Warwick Excavation blog is up and running! Veronica and I are in beautiful Bermuda helping to uncover and document the sunken English galleon Warwick. For the next two months we will be blogging live from the project at http://warwick1619.wordpress.com/ Warwick sank in Castle Harbour, Bermuda almost 400 years ago. The galleon […]

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When The Rain Comes

It was darker than normal this morning.  The sky was overcast and the air was heavy; rain was on the horizon.  Breakfast, as per usual, was some form of rice. Today the kitchen served the mushroom rice balls that Doug has become so fond of. I myself prefer beef pho or the occasional bread and […]

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Experiencing Batavia: the Power of Replicas

There is nothing compared to the physical experience of being aboard a historic sailing vessel. Neither of us has ever been aboard the full sized replica of Batavia, but after reading “The Power of Replicas” posted by Kelby Rose, we are determined to go. He posted stunning pictures of both the vessel and shipyard on […]

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This One Walking Beside Me Whom I Do Not See

Some of the angels I encountered in the Greek cemetery, described in Angels over Alexandria.  The poems are from our favorite poets, Constantine Cavafy and Juan Ramón Jiménez. “I am not I. I am this one walking beside me whom I do not see, whom at times I manage to visit, and whom at other times […]

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Angels Over Alexandria

It was a blustery day in Alexandria (El Eskanderia) and the sea was full of chop. The northerly, known by the ancients as the Etesian wind, was blowing strong.  During the summer months this wind would pick up strength and provide favorable conditions for ancient mariners sailing to Egypt from Greece and the Aegean.  Just […]

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Sinking in the earth’s (muddy) magnetic field…

I am wearing $28,000 of sensitive electrical equipment and sinking deeper into the rice paddy with every step. By this point, its pretty apparent that I am going to need some help. I am carrying a device called a gradiometer. It measures anomalies in the earths magnetic field. Our team is using it to look […]

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There are no sidewalks where the sidewalks are

Quảng Yên, Việt Nam There are no sidewalks where the sidewalks are. We cannot walk ten meters without having to weave into the road. Like urban breakers, the streets of Quảng Yên crash into an endless line of little store fonts. The space between curb and building is just another parking spot for trucks, bikes […]

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Souq el-Goma’a: Venturing to Cairo’s Underground Market

May 14th 2010- It was just after 9am and the streets of Zamalek were relatively quiet.  The mosque on Marashly Street was jam-packed with men attending Friday morning prayer.  Lime green mats were strewn across the street to accommodate the masses.  Birds fluttered overhead in the trees, the air was warm but not sweltering yet.  […]

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