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Writing the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project

As the semester is finally underway and I have returned to a regular routine, my PKAP colleagues and I are beginning to think about the least glamorous part of archaeological fieldwork: writing up the results.  Writing up the results has two components, to my mind.

First, we need to finalize as much of our data as possible.  Over the last two seasons of intensive fieldwork, we have let our data — from paper forms to digital photographs and databases — get a bit rough around the edges.  Last spring we started a massive data inventory and were able to make good strides in pulling it all together.  Now, we need to get the missing pieces sorted so that we can be sure that we are all have access to and are analyzing the same set of information.  This is tedious, behind the scenes work that larger projects often leave to designated data managers (professionals no less), but we will have to do on our own.  The temptation of course, is to declare the data “inventoried enough” and start on analysis, but this almost always ends in tears.

Then, we need to start to write.  Fortunately, PKAP has a head start on this.  Since 2003, PKAP has published 2 report articles in the Report of the Department of Antiquities of Cyprus and a couple of interpretative pieces (in Near Eastern Archaeology and in a Festschrift for Timothy Gregory).  We have also given close to a dozen conference papers of various descriptions.  So we have a nice foundation of description and analysis from which to proceed.  As a final contribution to our regular preliminary publications, I am writing a final preliminary report for the RDAC right now.  This report will documents the results of our excavations in 2008 and 2009 and the results of geophysical work carried out from 2007-2009.  It will be superficial, but will ensure that some prompt publication has appeared from our project in the event that our final monograph length publication is delayed.

The final preliminary report for the RDAC will present the results of our geophysical work — particularly the two seasons of electrical resistivity — and explain how this work along with the 4 previous seasons of intensive survey established the basis for the excavation at the sites of Vigla, Koutsopetria, and Kokkinokremos.  The article will then briefly summarize the results of the excavation at these three sites.  Unlike the final publication, there will only be a brief treatment of finds and no proper catalogue.

The writing process blends description and analysis and will set the stage for at least one study season where we can fill in any gaps that have appeared over the course of writing. When we have a working draft available, I will post a working paper here.

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