Field Trips

As a director of the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project, I spend most of my time working on issues central to our basic research goals whether this involves teams logistics, issues of digital workflow, and questions of archaeological methodology.  Several times a year, however, I am called upon to contribute to the various field trips that the team makes.  Yesterday, for example, I subbed in for my wife, who was feeling a bit under the weather and visited the sites of Paphos, Paliokastro-Maa, Ay. Georgios-Peyias, and the monastery of Ay. Neophytos.  Today, I am traveling with a large study tour from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (we affectionately call it the IUP World Tour 2009) to the sites of Amathous, Kourion, and the Medieval manor house at Kolossi. 

These trips are a nice distraction from the daily work of archaeology and give me a chance to revisit important sites on the island.  They are also great testimonies to how effective and efficient our trench and area supervisors are this year.  After a week of excavation, there have been no unexpected issues that have prevented the teams from functioning in a regular way.  This is a credit exclusively to our archaeological middle-managers who monitor day-to-day activities in the trenches (literally!) and continuously work with the students to refine their excavation and interpretative techniques.  Because the trench and area supervisors are working so effectively, the project directors (David Pettegrew, Scott Moore, and myself) have been able to take on an expanded number of daily tasks.

Recently, Beverly Chiarulli has arrived from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a ground penetrating radar rig. We have been able to work with her to initiate an ambitious program of GPR analysis across the site.  While the first day in the field produced some ambiguous results, we are optimistic that today we’ll be able to produce some good results from Vigla and begin to work down on Koutsopetria.  Scott Moore and I have led trips to area sites, we’ve hosted visiting scholars and showed them around our site, and we’ve made plans to present some of our research to a group of interested soldiers on the British base. 

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