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Chappaqua's Emilia Litwak Particpates In Exploration Of Ancient Roman City

Emilia Litwak is shown participating  in archaeological dig in the ancient Roman cty of Pollentia.
Emilia Litwak is shown participating in archaeological dig in the ancient Roman cty of Pollentia. Photo Credit: Contributed

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- Emilia Litwak, a Chappaqua resident, recently returned home after working on an archaeological dig at the Roman city of Pollentia, in the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, one of the most important Roman cities in the days of the Republic and the Empire.

Litwak, who attends Horace Greeley High School, joined a team of archaeologists and fellow high school students from Spain, the United States, United Kingdom, and Oman for four weeks.

The crew found several human burials before reaching the Roman layers of a marketplace. The group excavated until hitting Roman pavement, along the way uncovering several Roman coins. They also uncovered the remains of some Roman taverns and what is thought to be the Roman city’s oldest building.

Students at the Pollentia field school, one of the few such programs in the world for high school students, learned excavation and surveying techniques, plus how to treat and catalog artifacts. They also attended talks on Spanish history and archaeology, how to draw artifacts, in addition to taking excursions on the weekends to nearby historical sites.

“Emilia and her co-workers have learned not only how to conduct an excavation and how to interpret the archaeological clues discovered, but they have experienced Spain away from the tourist traps and bonded with a local community,” said ArchaeoSpain director Mike Elkin. “Over the past few years, our joint Spanish-international teams have uncovered priceless information about Spain’s ancient past.”

In recent years, ArchaeoSpain has assisted in major discoveries at various sites in Spain and Italy.

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