Monthly Archives: December 2010

We are finished the fieldwork for Fayum 2010!

We are finished the fieldwork for Fayum 2010! Today we are in the house packing up and most importantly backing up. We have built a GIS during the course of the season but there are always clean up jobs to … Continue reading

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Winding Up

Have you ever got the feeling that time is moving past you at the speed of light so that events from only a few weeks ago seem like yesterday but that time is also moving at a snail’s pace, so … Continue reading

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Wind-log…

Well it’s blowing sand and wind and even rand (sand/rain) out here with a mighty fury! It started to pick up yesterday morning as we drove out to the field. We groggily noticed the clouded nature of our surroundings and … Continue reading

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Artefact analysis in the Fayum

As Rebecca mentioned in her last blog entry, we have entered the second major phase of our survey. Artefact assemblage composition analysis is a crucial component to the data which we collect. As I’ve worked with our current research design … Continue reading

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Wadi el-Hitan – a visual feast!!!

This weekend we visited Wadi Al-Hitan (The Valley of the Whales), a UNESCO World Heritage site, where we camped out under the stars and enjoyed a stroll through the wadi in the morning. We finished up work for the day … Continue reading

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Sampling the landscape

We are now in the second major phase of our fieldwork.  This involves carrying out very detailed analyses of stone artefact on the surface in selected areas.  Our general survey allows us to target particular locations that are dense in … Continue reading

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Equipment; total stations, GPS units, notebooks, cameras, scales, nails….

…and more are all absolutely vital to the goals of the project. However, collecting the appropriate data in the field is no easy task, especially in desert environments. Sand gets EVERYWHERE (our food is no exception). As a result we … Continue reading

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NZ Embassy Visit

Rene, Alex and Jonathan visited from the NZ Embassy in Cairo yesterday. Shezani and Willeke showed them around Karanis before I met them back at the dig house. Over tea and cake I quickly explained the Neolithic project particularly that … Continue reading

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Mid-way through the season already!

It is now our 14th day in Egypt, the weather has been variable, the truck horns loud in the mornings, and the temperature is slowly getting colder (it is winter here after all)… in other words: Awesome. This season is … Continue reading

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A Fish out of Water

Wow how time flies when you’re out in the desert. It seems like only yesterday that we were arriving at base camp from New Zealand, tired and loaded down with gear. Not much has changed since then. Every day we … Continue reading

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