Discoveries

Today a discovery was made. No, I am not speaking of a new invention or a new area unbeknownst to the typical man, but rather I refer to the most ancient of artifacts. At this point a thought may be running through your head. This thought is most likely along the lines of ,”What sort of Etruscan artifact did the group discover today?” The answer to that would be many, but I speak of a different discovery. This discovery is of an ancient civilization thousands of years old.

If you were to ask Mr. Carroll after he read the first paragraph, he may believe I speak of the terracotta tiles we sorted through in the Magazzino of Poggio Civitate. I must admit this was a very exciting portion of the day. After uncovering the shelves, setting up shelves and tables, and cleaning of the dirty mess that has accumulated from last year’s dig – a mess full of spiders, spiderwebs, dirt, trash, and decayed frog carcasses,- we got the opportunity to scour various boxes full of terracotta roof tiles found in the well from last summer’s excavation. Much of our time was spent examining these pieces to the smallest detail in order to put them together like a puzzle. Corinne did this fantastically as she was the first to find matching pieces and, aided by Michael, Kiana, Bri, and myself, was able to put together several others. The fact that we found matching pieces came as a shock to me. There were hundreds of broken roofing tiles so I never expected such a find! While delving into an ancient civilization by examining the beauty of everyday lives, our chaperones groaned away while tightening bolts on shelves for several hours whilst sitting on the cold hard ground. In a sort of cruel way the differences in our situations were very enjoyable.  So, the Etruscan tiles we sorted through may have been a fun discovery, it is still not what I speak of.

If Ms. Cordia was asked of the discovery I have discussed, she may believe it to have been the excellent speech given by Tony, a professor at the University of Massechusets who helps run the program. In the poorly lighted, mold covered corner of the Magazzino, he gathered our Regis Jesuit group and delivered a promising address. In the end, he discussed how our trip will be both deeply profound and extremely shallow. Yes, we may discover the truth and wonder in our lives through the process of examining past life, but we also must stop and appreciate how objectively awesome these objects truly are. This brief speech by Tony was a highlight of the day, but it was hardly the brilliant discovery that I made in the wee hours of the morning. 

If the question of the discovery was raised to Ms. Gorman, she may make an educated guess that it occurred in the museum in the city of Murlo. There we discovered more terracotta roofs found at Poggio Civitate and one of the most beautiful views in all of Italy. Looking out of the third story windows of the museum onto the rain fallen fields was quite a site to behold. The majesty of the land revealed itself in its true nature there. Did we learn to appreciate the history and beauty of life a bit more in that museum? Yes. Is this the discovery I speak of? No. 

See, the discovery I speak of is extremely ancient. This was a discovery of a technology unbeknownst to modern man. I think it may have been something found in the excavation of the dig site, but Mr. Carroll also claims that he had them back in his day! The discovery I speak of is the strange invention of the “Clothes Line.” It appears to do the same thing as a dryer, but it hangs the clothes on a rope in mid air instead of tumbling them all around. This is a very strange and new discovery, so I can only hope and dream of its endless possibilities in the coming days. 

-Patrick

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