Preliminary drawing of Mouliana stirrup jar
With preliminary drawings finished on our ceramic objects in the Siteia Museum (beautifully done by Tina Ross and Ally Walsh as seen above), we can mark the end of our 2016 field season. As most of you know, field seasons are usually just the beginning of year-round research for archaeology. There is data to process before we let students on our campuses join the slow, steady march towards publication. For us, the next milestone will be the 2017 AIA/SCS Annual Meeting in Toronto, where we hope to present our research in both paper and poster sessions.
In the meantime, we are fortunate to have our research integrated into programs at Brandeis, Rhodes, and other institutions with student participation serving as vital components throughout these research nodes. Training in the field and at home has been a mandate of our project from the beginning, which we feel has been neglected of late as older projects focus on finishing long-awaited publications before the retirement of critical staff members. As a younger project without this immediate worry, we can afford to integrate our students patiently, which helps to ensure steady progress towards publication and the tangible recognition of their involvement through papers, posters, theses, dissertations, etc.
In future seasons, we hope to expand this mentality of archaeological “apprenticing” to more facets of our team as established scholars take students under their wings during a period of anticipated expansion into disciplines such as paleoethnobotany, zooarchaeology, human osteology, and geomorphology. This will complement ongoing research in traditional fields such as ceramic, topographic, and architectural studies along with cutting-edge scientific approaches already established in 3D imaging, GIS, and chemical analyses among others.
Thank you again for your support. We hope to see you in Toronto or perhaps even on Crete one day! In the meantime, we will keep you posted on what is happening stateside with periodic updates here in cyberspace.
Andrew and Miriam, co-directors
Sunrise over Trypitos, possibly ancient Polichna (harbor of Praisos)