by Annette Dukes
Finds management assistant
Having enjoyed my first experience of Andros and the Zagora Archaeological Project in 2013, I was keen to return for the 2014 season. I had mentioned to the Directors of the project at the end of last year’s season that should they need any extra assistance for 2014 that I would love to be part of the team in any capacity.
And so here I am back on beautiful Andros, as a member of the study season team working in the Apothike (basement/storeroom) of the Archaeological Museum in Chora. For me this has been a great experience as I have been able to work with the Project Research team, Director, Stavros Paspalas; Researcher and Archivist, Beatrice Mcloughlin and Archaeologists Kristen Mann and Antonio Bianco, who are both Trench Supervisors for the 2014 season.
For two weeks we have been working with and studying material and finds from the first excavations in the 1960s, archiving material from the 2013 field season, and preparing for new material from the 2014 excavations. We were also joined by Annie Hooten our Archaeological Illustrator and Rudy Alagich, an archaeologist who worked on bone fragments.
The “behind the scenes” work carried out by the Archive and Research team before, during and continuing once the excavations have finished is the backbone of the project. As the information gathered from the excavated material by first, washing, sorting and then studying the finds in great detail, does the story start to reveal itself as to how those living at Zagora ate, drank and worked, basically their daily lives. It’s like working on a jigsaw puzzle, putting the tiniest of fragments together to reconstruct a cup, which can reveal where it was made, from what, and possibly its contents when last used.
For me to be given the opportunity to part of this team, is a fantastic experience.
Here are some other shots in and around the Museum:
It hasn’t been all work though…. on our days off, we’ve been enjoying Andros sights.