Well, this summer’s wonderful archaeological experience is now officially over. I arrived back in the States on the 26th, and while it’s nice to have hot water and deliciously awful food again, I really miss Turkey. This summer was long and full of hard work, but in the end we all learned so much about […]Read More Back in LA LA Land
I am counting down my last days here at Tell Atchana and I have to admit that I will miss it here! I only have 3 more days in my trench, but luckily we removed most of the in-situ pottery today so I will get to see it all before I leave! In the past […]Read More I’ll Miss You 33,32!
Then get out of my kitchen!! After about 3 weeks of excavation, it seems that my trench may contain much more than just the floor we intentionally set out to find – it may have been a cooking facility at some point! It all began about 2 weeks ago… At the beginning my trench was […]Read More If you can’t stand the heat…
Good morning world!!! It’s about 7 AM, and we are in the midst of the last work day of the week. Only 6 1/2 more hours of pottery drawing and Fun With Excel before lunch! I am currently caught up with all the pottery drawing–today I have one more pot to draw, and then I […]Read More Friday morning: post-chai tea, pre-pottery drawing
We are just beginning our second week of work here at Alalakh, and I have to say things are just getting more and more interesting! I mentioned in the previous post that each trench gets 5 or 6 workmen from the surrounding villages of Tayfur Sokmen and Atchana. During the day they just chatter away […]Read More Language Barriers? Psha!
Just to recap, the past 3 weeks have been devoted to survey, meaning walking around and picking up pottery in various places in order to learn more about a series of existing sites. We actually ended up discovering a new site! The report should be finished by the end of the summer, possibly sooner, and […]Read More EXCAVATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hooray, my first post! So I arrived in Istanbul yesterday morning and have been here on my own since then. Istanbul is the opposite of dull. It is very loud, there are people everywhere, and the traffic is out of control. Although I have spent very little time here, I managed to get in a […]Read More Waiting in Istanbul