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Scott Moore, Dave Pettegrew, and Joe Patrow

Over the course of the next few weeks, I will introduce the members of the PKAP team.  The project is a collaborative venture with the American contingent centered around Scott Moore, David Pettegrew, and myself.

Scott is an Assistant Professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is the co-director and ceramicist for the project.  He studies, in particular, Late Roman pottery, and will work primarily in the lab (this is what we call our workspace at the Larnaka District Archaeological Museum; for other terms used in this blog see our PKAP Lexicon).  He worked as a ceramicist for the Sydney Cyprus Survey Project (SCSP) and published their Roman pottery.  Over the course of his work with SCSP, he became attached to the island of Cyprus.  When that project had concluded he began working to find a project of his own.  He was in contact with the Department of Antiquities and John Leonard, another American archaeologist on the island, and they suggested that he explore the area of Pyla-Koutsopetria.  In 2003, David and myself joined Scott for an informal reconaissance survey of the area and discovered that it contained the remains of an impressive Late Roman site.  We returned in 2004 to begin our systematic survey of the region.  Along with the pottery, Scott is also in charge of the accounting for the project, cooks for us almost every night, and has brought students into the field with us for the last three years.  Scott is a patient and dedicated teacher and works hard to ensure that the students get the most out of their time on the island.

David is an Assistant Professor at Messiah College.  He is our Method Man.  Dave cut his teeth with me on the Eastern Korinthia Archaeological Survey (probably a better way to put this is that I learned survey archaeology in large part from him in the Eastern Korinthia!).  EKAS formed the methdological basis for our work in Cyprus, and David, myself and serveral other (including Dimitri Nakassis and Tim Gregory) have worked on a series of studies exploring how the methods employed by survey archaeology influence the conclusions survey archaeologists draw from the data.  He also works on the Late Roman period.  Dave is the archaeological compass for the project and makes sure that Scott and I don’t do anything that is methodologically unsound.  He is also an excellent teacher of proper field procedure and the sometime slippery notions of archaeological theory.  He joins us with his wife Katie who will work in the lab with Scott (more on her later!). 

Over the next few days, Joe Patrow, the director of a documentary being shot this year which is tentatively entitled Emerging Cypriot, will be filming footage in both Indiana, PA and Grantham, PA (at Messiah College), and interviewing students as well as David and ScottJoe worked with us in 2004 and produced a 28 minute broadcast quality documentary, Survey on Cyprus.  You can find a link to the documentary in Realplayer format on the bar to the left.  This year he will follow undergraduate students from IUP, graduate students from the University of North Dakota, and the various senior staff in their work and experiences on the island of Cyprus.  The documentary will be shot in “brillant HD” and be designed for broadcast and classroom use.  From our perspective, Patrow’s work enhances the reflexive component of our fieldwork by forcing all members of the PKAP team to reflect on why we do what we do in front of the camera.  While Joe keeps a low profile in his own videos, he will discuss his project both formally and informally with us and has become a valued member of the entire PKAP team.

More from me over the next week as we introduce and assemble the PKAP team…

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