by Irma Havlicek
Powerhouse Museum Web Producer
Today is the last day on site for the Zagora 2013 team. Yesterday and today were dedicated to backfilling the trenches to protect and conserve them, after excavations were completed on Thursday. People have pushed themselves to the limits of their endurance this week to get everything done carefully, properly and to the very best of their ability.
Frankly, I’ve never seen people work harder. Or care more about what they’re doing.
I imagine there will be mixed feelings about the end of the season. Sadness to be leaving friends, some newly made: the ‘dig family’. And sadness that the whole experience is coming to an end. For the time being, at least, we will no longer enjoy the satisfaction of a strenuous day’s work as part of a great team in glorious surroundings at Zagora in pursuit of furthering our understanding of the settlement 3000 years ago. On the other hand, I think everyone pushed themselves to the limit, and now deserve a rest. And a break from waking at 5.30am.
I’m sure there will be some partying in Batsi tonight. Go team! These are Work Hard, Play Hard People. It’s been a privilege to share the experience with them.
Kudos to you all. And safe travels.
I plan posts on the satellite imaging/remote sensing, flotation (analysis of very small seeds and marine debris), the work of Beatrice McLoughlin (finds manager, archivist and coarse wares expert) and the work of Kristen Mann about domestic spatial patterns and people’s behaviour at Zagora. These and a couple of others require further work, checking, etc. so it may take some time for them all to go up. But there will also be other posts of a lighter or less complex nature going up from time to time. So do keep visiting the blog. And feel free to make comments or ask questions.
In the meantime, here’s a photographic review of the last few weeks: