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Professor, Students, Alumnae Take Part in Major Archaeological Discovery

Another season of excavation is planned

9/29/2006 2:38:16 PM


LYNCHBURG— Two Randolph-Macon Woman’s College students joined two alumnae and Susan Stevens, a classics professor, in a six-week archaeological dig in Lamta (ancient Leptiminus),Tunisia this summer. Brandi Bowling, ’07 and Jenny Krieger ’08 worked with Claire Heckel ’04 and Via Baker ’01 on the team.Stevens received two grants to support the project from Dumbarton Oaks and the International Catacomb Society.

The international team of more than 25 individuals included professionals and students from Tunisia, Canada, and the United States. The early results include the phenomenal discovery of a large catacomb system at ancient Leptiminus attached to two underground rooms with beautiful, intact Christian tomb mosaics dating to the mid 4th century to the mid 5th century A.D. The markers include portraits and inscriptions that specify the age, gender, and other key characteristics of the deceased. Another season of excavation is planned at the site.

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