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Another Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project Updates

The season is begins in a little less than two weeks and the PKAP team is preparing for the most complex and exciting field season to date.  So a quick blog today to keep our various stakeholders and interested onlookers appraised of what we are up to.

1. Despite the difficult economic times, we are fully funded this year thanks to the generosity of the Institute for Aegean Prehistory, the University of North Dakota, various grants from the American Schools of Oriental Research, private donors, and a group of enthusiastic field school students from Messiah College, the University of North Dakota, University of Pittsburgh, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. It’s great to realize the confidence that various groups have in our project, our PKAP team, and its goals.

2. Pre-season Inventories.  Over the past few days, the PKAP triumvirate has been conducting a comprehensive inventory of PKAP Digital Resources.  This includes digital research materials that we use in the field (scanned books and articles, for example), scanned documentation from past season (forms, notebooks), digital photographs of objects, survey units, excavation units, and various photos of field and museum work and daily life.  Finally, I am preparing an inventory of all our “born digital data” from GPS points to GIS maps, resistivity data and survey, finds, and excavation databases.  The hope is that this inventory will provide a common set of digital tools for all the PKAP team members and provide a solid, common foundation for both in-field analysis and the final analysis for publication.

3. New and Multimedia. This year we’ll have four new/multimedia projects underway.  We’ll run our typical complement of blogs (which I hope to get running by early next week).  At the same time, we plan to host both a still photographer (who will be our official artist-in-residence) and a documentary filmmaker.  The hope is that some of this content will be made available as the season progresses.  I will also (hopefully) conduct some in field interviews and post the podcasts online like last year.  Hopefully this work will not only highlight the performative aspects of fieldwork, but also make our research more accessible and transparent.  As part of our multi and new media program for this year, we are going to arm some of our field school students with inexpensive digital video cameras and invite them to capture their own experiences on the project.  This content will be available for our documentary filmmaker to incorporate into this work and for the project’s larger archival purposes.

4. In season work.  We plan to have as many as six trenches in three different areas open at once this year.  We’ll excavate on the top of Vigla in an effort to come to terms with the architecture, function, and, most importantly, chronology of this fortified site.  Michael Brown will continue his work at the Late Bronze Age site of Pyla-Kokkinokremos in an effort to come to terms with the extent of settlement on the site and the function of the fortification walls.  The Late Antique contingent on PKAP also hopes that Brown’s trenches will reveal something of the later history of this site, perhaps even some of its function in Late Antiquity.  The final area under excavation will be Pyla-Koutsopetria.  This area was originally excavated by Maria Hadjicosti and the Department of Antiquities (see preliminary reports here and here).  We hope to get the complex stratigraphy of this area sorted out a bit more clearly and to determine whether the remains of an earlier phase are present at the coastal site.  To facilitate this we have increased the number of trench supervisors and created the position of area supervisors who will supervise the work across the various trenches in an area.  We will also collaborate with a group from Indiana University of Pennsylvania who will conduct a survey of various areas using ground penetrating radar (GPR).  We hope that this technique, which is somewhat faster than resistivity, will produce a more comprehensive picture of the subsurface remains on both Vigla and the Koutsopetria plain.

4. Publication and Presentation.  Over the last few years we have worked continuously to present our research at conferences, workshops, and in a wide-range of publications.  In 2009 we’ll begin to look toward the final publication of the survey, remote sensing, and excavation.  We have an advanced draft of an article for the Journal of Roman Archaeology almost complete, and there is probably some wisdom to preparing a final “preliminary” report for the Report of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus (RDAC), but beyond these projects our efforts will shift to preparing the final publication for submission in 2011.

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