Chances are that at least one of you will end up romantically involved with one of your trenchmates. This is an illustrious tradition of excavations everywhere, alongside such traditions as Dude who Works in the Most Yellowed and Tattered Undershirt You’ve Ever Seen in Your Life.
Here’s the thing:
We all know you have a crush on him/her. We all know what you two are doing. THERE ARE NO SECRETS ON A DIG.
At least, there are very few secrets. Because people talk. Because, as I’ve stated before, there’s not a lot to do besides work, slack off, talk while working, or talk while slacking off. We would like you to do the first and third, but not the second OR the fourth. Included in the first and third options is the fifth heretofore unlisted option of enjoying your break times, which definitely exist.
Due to this fact that everyone knows everyone else’s business (at least, the business about which you are indiscreet–hint!), you can have your Office Romance but it would behoove you not to be obnoxious about it. It would be in everyone’s best interest for you to keep Romance time confined to break time and also to be respectful of your flatmates. You otherwise risk becoming fodder for the shameless gossip mill that an excavation can be. *
So go AHEAD! Fall in LOVE (or lust?) in ROME! Just be respectful of our professional work environment if you don’t want to deal with disgruntled coworkers and remember that if things go south…you are going to see this person all day at work, AND you’ll probably have to see them while commuting to and from Ostia. Awkward. Or maybe they’ll be in a different trench from you, rendering things slightly less awkward, but still.
Anyone who’s dug before want to chime in? Anyone have any hilarious or cringeworthy office romance stories?
* Last year’s field school was relatively gossip-free; a dig is not automatically a drama-fest, in case you were worried.