In 2014, Assistant Professor of Classics Darian Totten received a $25,000 award from the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA), intended for first-time project directors. For two summers and counting, Totten has staffed her new archaeological dig at the site of Salapia in Trinitapoli, Italy, in part with Davidson students. Totten, who is collaborating with two Italian colleagues, Roberto Goffredo and Giovanni de Venuto, explains, “We are working around a lagoon on the coast of the Adriatic Sea called the Lago Di Salpi, a very protected aquatic environment that likely was a successful port settled as early as the first century B.C.E.” The lagoon’s coastline today functions as the second largest producer of sea salt in Italy.
Senior Writer John Syme graduated from Davidson with a French degree in 1985. After gigs in newspaper, advertising, translation in France and cross-country travel writing in the United States, he returned to alma mater in 2001. He has no immediate plans to graduate again.