Catching up with WARP

WARP 2018: THE STUDY SEASON is over… sort of. I am still dealing with the data deluge and trying to rest up after a frantic end-of-season, and I’m even trying to catch up with all of the blog posts that Bill Caraher wrote about WARP. You should read them too. Here they are, in chronological order:

  1. Views of digital archaeology” (4 June 2018)
  2. Resurvey” (20 June 2018)
  3. Thinking about modern Greece” (29 June 2018)
  4. The site” (10 July 2018)
  5. Archaeology, nationalism, destruction” (12 July 2018)

In the meantime, I’m spending a a lot of time looking at this kind of thing (WITNESS MY DIGITAL ARCHAEOLOGY CHOPS)Agisoft "processing" bars

…when I’d much rather be looking at this (GREECE IS PRETTY):

The Lyrkeia valley illuminated by a sunbeam

Sweeping

Sweeping is a big part of archaeology. Some would say that 90% of archaeology is sweeping. In an excavation, it’s really important to keep your trench clean. In a survey, it’s important to keep your apotheke (storage space) clean. We’re hoping that our apotheke will be approved for use soon, so we took the opportunity to clean it up a bit:

Scott sweeping
Scott sweeping
Dimitri sweeping
Dimitri sweeping

Scott and I weren’t the only ones; Melanie and Adrian also pitched in and helped.

Cleaning the apotheke felt like a Sisyphean task: there was always more dust to sweep up. But after a couple of hours we were pretty satisfied that it was mostly clean. It would be cool to have a pressure washer or a really powerful vacuum cleaner, but alas those are pretty expensive compared to a broom. (And, as Bill would be quick to point out, it is very important that you buy the brush separately from the handle. All proper tools are sold that way in Greece. Don’t ask why: there is no why).

In other news, our survey area is really stunning:

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And here’s Bill writing in his Rite in the Rain™ notebook with his Zebra pen:2014-06-15 10.57.21