Week Three and I've entered a new realm. Modern archeology has always been an interdisciplinary affair. However, since I was last in the field there has been a tremendous jump in technology usage within the academic community and archeologists (at least at this site) are now responsible for a LOT of computerized programs. Not my strong suit by far, but the programs we are using at GPMP are pretty cool and so my interest has been piqued. I was introduced to a system this week where we place our hand-drawn maps on a special computer mat, enter reference points and then BOOM! I've got myself a 3-D model of my work area! There's another program I have to learn called "Synoptic". The name makes me think of the Bible but its really a way to digitalize the sequence of things discovered.
- a Zooarcheologist from the States. He studies animal bones.
- a team of Osteoarchaeologists led by a Sweed. They focus on human remains.
- a Lithics specialist from Romania who works with flint and other "exotic" stones
- a Ceramics team from Poland. They study all the pottery pieces.
- an Archaeobotanist from the UK who analizes all of the seeds and grains that are found.
- a Pigment analyst who may be Canadian (but you never quite know) who examines all the paint colors that have managed to survive
- a Photographer who's accent is unplaceable but who gets to see everything!
- Mud Sealing analysts from Egypt who disect the composition of clay and mud objects
- a myriad of other "hyper" specialists. The excavation even has a few climbing experts on staff!