So this summer I ended up traveling to Ethiopia to participate in a pilot archaeological study spearheaded by Dr. Michael Harrower, an assistant professor currently working at Johns Hopkins University. The overall goal of the project was to begin excavating a large, very important site known as Baita Semati, situated on a hill in the Mezbir […]Read More Ethiopia Excursion
There is never a dull moment in Tayfursökmen, the Turkish village that contains our dig camp. This is my first experience with both survey and excavation, and it is fabulous so far. I have really enjoyed sorting pottery (and bone) in the pottery yard before dinner; I think I have learned a lot just by […]Read More Dinner in the village
USC Professor Lynn Dodd has taken several students to the Hatay province of Turkey. AVRP Survey 2011 is about wrapping up and the students are now preparing for Alalakh Excavations: In the meantime, a handful of USC undergraduates are just beginning their archaeological excavation in Rome. The students join USC Professor John Pollini to excavate […]Read More USC Archaeology Field Season is in Full Swing!
Tonight as the 2011 AVRP survey team prepares for our first day in the field, the ezan echoes through the village and into our compound from the loudspeakers of a nearby mosque — a call to prayer in digital distortion. This happens five times a day, including every morning at around 4 AM which turns […]Read More Greetings from Tayfursökmen
Hi all, I just wanted to take a moment here and brag about the amazing students in the ARC Lab. I know they won’t write their own praise here, so I will go ahead and take a moment to do so for them: *Sarah Butler is currently studying abroad in Australia and received the Weibel-Orlando […]Read More ARC Students Continue to Win Awards
The depot was locked today, and I am mostly packed. We’re now having our last BBQ and I will be taking the 15:30 train out of Antakya tomorrow. Over the years, I have spent about 6 months living here at Atchana, so it is bitter-sweet to be leaving. In the very least, I’m going to […]Read More …The last 24
I have been out in Turkey for a while now, but will be finished here in less than two weeks. woot. In the meantime, I have done a ton of work here, including rearranging the depot organization and of course registering tons and tons of small finds. I have organized the drawing of materials, and […]Read More Random musings from the field