Over the last week I spent some time on my very first archaeological excavation. You'd think doing volunteer work for the CIG would be all about going out in the field regularly, always getting my hands dirty. Unfortunately since I’m their IT/Communications specialist, all of my work is done at home or at the CIG library. However when I was given the opportunity to head out on the dig at Kastro Kallithea, if only for a week, I jumped at the chance.
www.publiclab.org that sold an inexpensive balloon photography kit that allows anybody to become an aerial photographer for about one hundred dollars. The intended purpose of their kits is to allow anybody to map their own environment, without relying on government or corporations. For Dr Haagsma it was perfect for her research, and well within her budget.
Friday, August 30, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Friday, August 23, 2013
The 2013 season of the Kastro Kallithea Archaeological Project, a synergasia of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and the Canadian Institute in Greece, and carried out by the 15th EPKA at Larissa and the University of Alberta, began with our traditional dinner at Taverna Zorbas in Athens on the evening of May 25th. From the Canadian side, only staff and volunteers were present, as the field school students would join us two weeks later. The next day, we travelled by train and van to Narthaki, a village 8 km from our site which would be our headquarters for the next seven weeks.
|Excavating an excavation: uncovering Building 10 during the first week|
The Greek team, consisting of six young Greek archaeologists supervised by Sophia Karapanou of the 15th EPKA (Director) and Vasso Noula, the municipal archaeologist of Pharsala, worked in the stoa. They were joined in their efforts by four members of the Canadian team in clipping the formidable pournaria and removing 0.20 m of soil exposing the architectural remains of the building. The stoa must have been an imposing building, measuring 50 m in length and 10 in width with a central row of columns made from badly preserved porous stone in the Doric order. The building had a courtyard on its southern side which awaits further excavation.
|Richard Anderson assessing Building 10|
|Bailing water after a thundershower|
|Part of the 2013 team with field school students, volunteers and supervisors|
|Flying the balloon|
|Last cleaning of Building 10|
|Survivors after the last day of cleaning|
University of Alberta
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Friday, August 16, 2013
Our season of excavation at Eleon ended on Saturday, July 13th this year. Throughout 2013 our team of about 30 volunteers, graduate students and undergraduates worked in three different locations: ceramic analysis, drawing, and flotation (to uncover plant remains) were done in our apotheke in Arma. At Dilesi, object conservation, faunal analysis, and pot washing were done. On-site at ancient Eleon in Arma, where Bryan Burns and I, as co-directors, coordinated fieldwork every day. Five trench supervisors worked with student volunteers for six weeks of excavation to further uncover the Bronze Age (Mycenaean) and Archaic/Classical phases to the settlement.
|The ramp under excavation|
|View over the southwest area|
|The Mamoni garden|
In 2013 our team of volunteers and students was the largest we have ever had and we had to find additional housing in Dilesi, in several apartments in the town and in one rented summer home in the nearby neighborhood of Argileza. Our various landlords have been extremely helpful to us, providing us with a sense of security and ‘home’ while we do our research.
Nearby to our home base in Dilesi are a number of tavernas, and as everyone who has been on an excavation knows, dinner time is one of the most important events each workday. It’s the only place the entire team is together in one place and serves as a meeting point for sharing updates on the project and making announcements. Our most-favored taverna is Babis’ Taverna. Young Babis runs the taverna while his parents are in the kitchen. The prepared meals here are unparalleled in Dilesi – students will often take home left over moussaka for breakfast! We do enjoy other tavernas in Dilesi as well, including Delion, which makes excellent seafood. Our students have come to discern the best souvlakia in town, with and without ‘sos’ (sauce). There are many to choose from so being in-the-know is helpful. We also enjoy several of the local cafes which provide broadcasts of major sporting events. I watched several Wimbledon matches with people on the team at Café Contigo. Others preferred Café Legend and the unusually named ‘Square: More than Coffee’. We have grown to appreciate Dilesi since first arriving in 2007. We’ve seen several changes over the years, and wish it well over the winter. We look forward to coming back again in 2014 to continue our work at ancient Eleon!
University of Victoria
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Friday, August 9, 2013
Grâce à une équipe dynamique, composée de près de 50 étudiants encadrés par des archéologues professionnels et avec le concours d’ouvriers énergiques, la campagne de cette année nous a permis de dégager des structures extrêmement intéressantes pour notre connaissance du développement urbain d’Argilos et de ses activités économiques.
|Casse-tête de tuiles|
Parmi ces découvertes, notons celle d’une grande stoa contenant au moins six magasins. La stoa est dans un état de conservation remarquable, et cinq de ces magasins ont pu être partiellement fouillés cette année. Tout indique que son état ancien doit dater du VIe siècle avant notre ère.
|Quadcoptère. Le décollage!|
|Quadcoptère. La prise de photos|
|Quadcoptère. Atterrissage !|
|Visite à Pella|
Les résultats de cette campagne seront présentés dès cet automne dans le cadre d’un colloque sur les Grecs et les Thraces à Sofia, puis de nouveau l’hiver prochain au colloque annuel de l’Université de Thessalonique sur les fouilles en Macédoine et en Thrace.
|Une partie de l'équipe 2013|
Université de Montréal
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Thursday, August 1, 2013
It is that time of year! As of today we are closed for the Institute’s annual August recess. On Tuesday, September 3rd we re-open at 9:00 am for the 2013/14 academic year.
|View from Palaikastro, Crete|
|Old house at Monastiraki, Ierapetra|
Enjoy the hot Greek summer where ever you find it! See you in September…………….