by Irma Havlicek
Web content producer
I left Greece before the backfilling of the Zagora Archaeological Project (ZAP) trenches was completed, so Hannah Gwyther stepped in and took (and arranged others to take) photographs of the process so that we could share them with you on this blog. Thanks again, Hannah! (Most of our archaeologists, including Hannah, worked on the backfilling, although only a few are seen in these photos. I know how hard they will all have worked.)
Each trench that has been excavated was covered with protective geo-textile which was then weighed down with stones. Then soil and more stones are placed over that. The aim is to protect the trenches from any kind of environmental damage, including wind, rain and possible damage from plant roots should plants take seed there.
Now the focus is on research into the finds from the excavations at Zagora in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and the preparation of publications about that research.
In due course, funding will be sought to resume excavations. We expect that when excavations recommence, each of the trenches will have been well protected, and the work can be taken up again where it was left off this year.
We hope that Hannah’s photos give you an idea of how much soil and stones were wheelbarrowed, lifted, carried and placed onto the trenches by our heroic and stoic Zagora archaeologists. Fantastic work, guys! I bet you earned your refreshments that night back at the Kantouni!