Monthly Archives: July 2011

Surveying on the citadel mound.

One of the first things we do each year when we get to Ziyaret Tepe is to relocate our survey points on the site and to re-establish our “site grid”. An important thing to know about most archaeologists: we have … Continue reading

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The Bronze Palace.

In an earlier post, I mentioned that we would be working in the Bronze Palace on the eastern edge of the high mound. This is the area marked Operation A/N on the topographic map I just posted. I thought it … Continue reading

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A topographic map of the site.

Archaeologists love maps. We spend a great deal of time and effort making maps of our excavation trenches, our sites, and the broader region in which we work. Below is one of the essentials of any project – a topographic … Continue reading

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What’s in a potsherd?

My last post explained that we were studying the pottery of the Medieval period as a starting point for this year’s investigation. Here is a collection of photographs showing various elements of the process. The vast majority of archaeological artifacts … Continue reading

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Work starts in earnest with pottery from the Medieval period.

Hard to believe it is Monday already. We spent our first full day here on Friday getting supplies and equipment out of our depot – a large storage unit we rent on the outskirts of the village – and setting … Continue reading

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A few pictures of the village of Tepe.

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We made it… and then the electricity went out.

We arrived tired but with luggage intact at the Diyarbakir airport just before midnight on Thursday night. Chelsea and I joined two of our team members, Valentina and Hilary, in the Istanbul airport after a somewhat mad dash through from … Continue reading

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Well, we’re off!

Chelsea and I have made it through the first leg of our journey. We checked into the Cleveland airport with over 200 pounds of luggage, mostly equipment and supplies with a few clothes used as packing material around the computers, … Continue reading

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Last minute preparations.

Hard to believe that it is almost time to leave for Turkey. Ten months of preparation: permit applications, fundraising, recruiting personnel, planning the excavation areas, purchasing equipment and supplies, database management, endless lists, and now we are off. It takes … Continue reading

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