A day in the life of a find processing archaeologist

The working day starts after a quick breakfast at 6:45 am. At first, we must put the finds from the previous day into the database and sort it into boxes in the depot or give it to the person who washes the pottery. One person starts drawing the diagnostic sherds and the ceramic special finds,Continue reading “A day in the life of a find processing archaeologist”

A very ‘small’ update

During this year’s campaign, we finally finished the work on a grave chamber in Doliche which we had the opportunity to excavate in 2017. The chamber was robbed already in late antiquity and most of the grave goods were taken away. But since that time, no one entered this particular grave. Many little objects whichContinue reading “A very ‘small’ update”

What a guitar, water ice, and a headband have to do with an excavation…

We are now in the fifth week here on the excavation, and meanwhile the team has settled in the excavation house and everyone has found their own rhythm. The things that sweeten life in midsummer in south-eastern Turkey are necessary for a smooth everyday life, and so it is helpful that we are allowed toContinue reading “What a guitar, water ice, and a headband have to do with an excavation…”

The Digital Trench

A few posts ago, we described to you how a section of a field becomes a trench: we excavate layer by layer and designate a new planum whenever a striking change in the ground is noticeable. Each of the plana is documented by a photo and a drawing in scale of 1:20, but on topContinue reading “The Digital Trench”

Where the Magic Happens

During every campaign our excavation teams find a host of small finds like coins, sealing impressions, pearls and other objects from different time periods. When they are uncovered, it is normally not possible to recognize the exact shape & form or smaller details and what is depicted on them. Therefore, the finds have to beContinue reading “Where the Magic Happens”

But! Where do we even live?

A small tour around our Grabungshaus. Where and how do we live during the campaign. Did you ever wonder where archaeologists are living during a campaign abroad? Well, today I will show you our home for the duration of the campaign: the “Grabungshaus” or excavation-house. Because we knew that this project would be a long-termContinue reading “But! Where do we even live?”

Excavations and Covid-19

During a time of a global pandemic like this, it is of course important to make sure that the health and well-being of everybody involved is not endangered. Therefore, we made preparations and plans even before the excavation began. While masks and gloves have been organized, the whole excavation house was also fitted with disinfectionContinue reading “Excavations and Covid-19”