Digging through time

There is so much talk in the news– you can’t escape it– about the many hot new online edu­ca­tional sites.  These  include courses listed by uni­ver­si­ties (for exam­ple Yale and Stan­ford),  MITx, edX, Udac­ity, Cours­era, and TED lec­tures. but prob­a­bly none is hot­ter Khan Acad­emy, recently part­nered with SmartHis­tory, run by Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Har­ris.   After cor­re­spond­ing with them  on Twit­ter, I had the good for­tune to meet with them this past July and become a con­trib­u­tor for SmartHis­tory, start­ing in one of my favorite places in Rome, the Roman Forum (here’s my quick take on the area).  In that set­ting, beneath some shaded trees beside the Basil­ica Julia, we chat­ted about the forum’s his­tory and impor­tance, as well as its lay­ers, describ­ing how what you see in the archae­o­log­i­cal site is the sum­ma­tion of sev­eral forums, one on top of another, with dif­fer­ent chronolo­gies vis­i­ble simul­ta­ne­ously, often due to mod­ern exca­va­tions.  Steven and Beth called our con­ver­sa­tion “Dig­ging through Time,” to address why so many of the ancient remains in Rome are located sev­eral meters below the mod­ern street sur­face.  Have a lis­ten, and let me know what you think!   (I cer­tainly look for­ward to con­tribut­ing again.)

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