by Irma Havlicek
Remember your kneepads
The 2014 Zagora Archaeological Project (ZAP) excavation season is almost upon us – beginning on Monday 22 September – just two weeks from today. The project directors, Professor Meg Miller, Associate Professor Lesley Beaumont and Dr Stavros Paspalas have been working feverishly in preparations for this year’s season.
Permission has been granted by the Greek Ministry of Culture, paperwork filled out, schedules set, staff and volunteers recruited, flights and accommodation booked, insurance arranged, van/car hire planned (along with who will be designated drivers in Greece), and the vast variety and volumes of equipment and supplies selected, hired or purchased, along with planning how to get it all to Zagora. A huge task of logistics.
Participants too have to ready themselves for travel and make sure they have the gear they will require for their time on Andros.
2014 ZAP briefings
Two briefing sessions for 2014 ZAP participants were held in the Centre for Classical and Near Eastern Studies of Australia (CCANESA) board room on 27 June. The first, at 10am, was for this year’s trench supervisors; then at 2pm, there was an induction session and briefing for all team members, some of whom have not been to Zagora before. All were provided with lists of what to take to Andros along with other useful information about living there. There will be further briefings for trench supervisors and volunteers once on Andros.
2014 ZAP lecture
The induction and briefing session was followed by a lecture about the 2013 archaeological season at Zagora, presented by Meg Miller. Meg’s lecture was introduced by Professor Emeritus Alexander Cambitoglou, who led the Australian excavations at Zagora in the 1960s and 70s.