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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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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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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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Holiday!

So, while the rest of the Kiwis were frantically packing away, I spent my week, that’s right, A WHOLE WEEK of holiday in Luxor. I warn you now, this sounds more like a travel blog than an honest hard days … Continue reading

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Traveller’s sickness strikes again!

Right, well I’m the first out of the team to get ill from traveller’s sickness this season in the Fayum. Since this is my third season I’m used to getting the queasy faint waves that hit you as you nail … Continue reading

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First Day in the Field

One word – Sand! And lots of it. Today we were in and around Kom W. We went there to have a look around thr site. After some discussions and a tiki tour further off into the desert the wind … Continue reading

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