Author Archives: Rebecca Phillipps

Secret Document Proves that there is a Spy amongst the Kiwis!

While searching for a missing charger, Josh discovered the following letter:   December 12, 2012 Subject: Topsecret message to the Lewis Binford Center for the Improvement of American Archaeology at UCLA   I apologize for the delay in submitting my … Continue reading

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Archaeology, Ambassadors, Feasts

We are currently the only team from New Zealand working on an archaeological project in Egypt. So, on Saturday we were visited by the New Zealand ambassador. The day started out normal as we continued to work on transect 24 … Continue reading

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Valley of the Whales

The day for the kiwi crew began like any other, heading to the field at first light to shoot in and analyze artefacts as per usual. However, the rest of the day was to be anything but ordinary. Field work finished … Continue reading

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Half way through already

It’s been two weeks since we started our work on the north shore of the Fayum and already we have achieved the first set of targets for the season. We began the season working north of Kom K. One of … Continue reading

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Dimeh visit

Last Saturday we got a sleep in (until 7am) and then set off for a day in the desert to see some sights. Our first stop was Dimeh, but on the way one of our land cruisers got stuck in … Continue reading

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Dimeh visit

Last Saturday we got a sleep in (until 7am) and then set off for a day in the desert to see some sights. Our first stop was Dimeh, but on the way one of our land cruisers got stuck in … Continue reading

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I like sand up my nose by Sam age 25

Today we went into the field and we dug some hearths. We have dug hearths in the field for three days now. Hearth features used to be fire pits used by people a very long time ago. Today they look … Continue reading

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Friday trench tour at Karanis

On Friday we had planned to head out to Kom W first thing in the morning to look at the condition of the site. This didn’t exactly work out as one of the Land Cruisers wouldn’t start. We skipped this part of the day … Continue reading

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Pedestrian survey

Top of today’s list of jobs was to field-walk looking for hearths and grindstones. 3 hours of walking up and down in tandem with 5 of the crew, staring longingly at the ground. Hoping to spot the illusive smoothed rocks, or the characteristic clusters … Continue reading

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A personal reflection on food poisoning and camp life – the other side of field work

I don’t know what it was that did it, but it got done – I have been poisoned. Every single person you talk to about visiting Egypt warns that you’ll get it, the old Cairo Belly, but you always think/hope, … Continue reading

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