by Irma Havlicek
Powerhouse Museum Online Producer
In my last post, I showed you photos of Blackie the mule who helped with carrying supplies – in particular the geophysical equipment – to and from Zagora.
In the last weeks of the 2012 season, building works began on the old dig hut which had no door, a dirt (sometimes mud) floor, and part of its corrugated iron roof missing. This work is being done to make the building secure and weatherproof. It will transform the dig hut into site headquarters for proposed future archaeological seasons at the site.
For this work, a team of horses, mules and men was required to bring building materials down to the site. As well as pictures of the horses and mules, there is short video (1 minute 29 seconds) of the simple but ingenious contraption which was used to deliver material for mixing up mortar – a wooden or metal box at each side of the mule or horse, which could be opened from the bottom, so the sand or other material poured out in a pile on each side of the creature. Scroll down to see the video.