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Week 12 at TT 110

Week 12 at TT 110

Week 12 at TT 110

A field school student gets his hands dirty with clay. Learning how pottery is made is the best way to start one's training in studying ceramics. Photo: ARCE

We're halfway through our second round of teaching! Time definitely flies when you're learning to excavate. Every day involves new challenges and new opportunities to learn. This week our students moved from the excavation proper to learning other skills. It's not enough just to know how to dig; an archaeologist needs to be able to make sense of everything that they find.

The students might not be in the excavation square this week, but that doesn't mean the digging stops! Here workmen, under the supervision of field school staff, dig to create a ramp down to the excavation square. Photo: ARCE

For this reason, ARCE provides the groundwork that will help our field school students understand things like pottery and bone. In addition, we also teach the students how to draw what they find. This may sound archaic, given how easy it is nowadays to take a digital picture, but, in fact, illustration is an important part of any archaeologist's training. Photography is vital to archaeological recording (hence all the lovely pictures you see on this website), but a drawing can very quickly capture only the important details that archaeologists need to analyze things like pottery.

Field School Coordinator, Yasser Mahmoud, enjoys a laugh with students while explaining how to use calipers to measure and draw what's found. Photo: ARCE

In addition to learning these new skills, students continued with the regular afternoon paperwork and lectures. It's hard to believe that in another few weeks, ARCE will graduate more than 30 students from this program!

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