Monthly Archives: July 2012

Geophysics survey starts in the western lower town.

This morning we started the first of two new initiatives for the 2012 field season. The first is an electrical resistivity survey in the western lower town. Back in 2002, we conducted a magnetic gradiometry survey in this area, measuring … Continue reading

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A View from Operation M.

Early each morning in Operation M, where we are looking for Assyrian domestic residences, Kemalettin’s workmen collect straw from the surrounding fields and start fires like the one below. As you know, the Turkish summer is hot so the fires … Continue reading

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Some early finds.

The first week of an excavation is usually the slowest one in terms of finds. Laying out excavations squares, clearing off the topsoil, and training the workmen how to dig carefully and methodically consumes a large amount of our time … Continue reading

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Digging begins on the citadel mound.

The alarm rang at 3am but, to be honest, I had been awake for an hour already working through all the details of the day’s agenda in my head. The first day of excavation was Saturday and we were up … Continue reading

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The dighouse.

I just wanted to post a quick photograph of the schoolhouse that is serving as the headquarters for the team this year. As you can see, it is an enormous structure. We are using just a fraction of the total … Continue reading

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We have a dighouse… and an internet connection.

Two pieces of good news. After two solid days of very complicated negotiations with a variety of local authorities ranging from the town mayor of Tepe to the local school masters and the kaymakam of Bismil, we finally managed to … Continue reading

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Assyrian barracks?

In the first post of the 2012 season, I mentioned that we hope to be excavating a pair of large buildings that we first discovered using geophysical survey methods a number of seasons ago. I wanted to show you what … Continue reading

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The first team members arrive in Turkey

Getting twenty-five team members from eight countries to arrive in the same place at the same time with all the equipment and supplies needed for a large expedition takes a lot of planning. After months of bureaucratic paperwork, buying tickets, … Continue reading

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Ziyaret Tepe 2012 excavations to begin next week. Please join us!

It’s hard to believe that it has been almost 10 months since that last post from poolside at the hotel in Diyarbakir. Everyone made it home safely back last September, if tired and a bit dusty. A few days after … Continue reading

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