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Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project gains pace

It’s been a bit of slow start to the summer work at the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project.  Some of this may be because my bag and computer power supply were lost for a bit, but after a roundabout trip to the island, I am back in the blogging business.

But if you miss this PKAP blogosphere, then you ought to check out our staff blog here: http://mediterraneanworld.typepad.com/pylakoutsopetria_season_s/

And follow us on Twitter (now that I have my phone and can provide exciting blow-by-blow descriptions of our work) with the hashtag: #pkap

We’ve spent the last few days in the museum attempting to set priorities for the study season, introduce the students to the project, and organize the ceramics that need to be processed.  Our biggest challenge right now is that the paper copies of many of our forms have gone missing in our time away from the Larnaka Museum.  On the one hand, this is not surprising since the museum is an active and busy place all year around.  On the other hand, we had hoped that our paper data recording sheets would remain in relatively close proximity to the physical artifacts for the duration of the project.  The missing sheets provide another challenge, the data has not been entered into our database yet and this was one of the goals of the 2010 PKAP season (we have copies back in the US).  One of the main downsides of paper copies is that they can’t be multiple places at once, like our digital databases.

While we hope to get copies of our artifact sheets from the US before too long, their absence makes it harder for us to identify and focus on particular artifacts as we prepare our catalog for publication.  We’ve become totally dependent on our ability to querry data efficiently in order to identify patterns in our finds data that will reward further research.

This weekend, we take the students on trips to Paphos, the monastery of Ay. Neophytos, and the small coastal site of Ay. Georghios-Peyeas and Maa. then, on a special Sunday trip, to the Classicla to Late Roman site of Amathous and then to the seaside town of Zygy which once prospered as a major export port for the islands carobs. We appear to have a good group of students this year, so these trips should be exciting.

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