Usually I get you to think back thousands of years. Today's mental stretch is not so long. To understand what I am experiencing this week I refer you to an entry I wrote last year at the end of the Giza season. The post is titled "Armageddon?" and it discusses the emotional and technological issues of closing an excavation season down. Here at Abydos we don't have as many fancy computer programs to assist us and we are doing most of the tasks by hand. Yeesh! All of our documents need to be completed. The area that we were excavating must be drawn in precise detail exactly as we are leaving it. Summary reports have to be written. And then, to protect the things we are leaving behind, we cover it all up with dirt again!!!!! That's a bit of a heartbreaker, I have to admit. I usually don't watch. But it is necessary to keep the area safe from the elements, and from humans too.
To find this flashback article you may have to look in the ARCHIVES section along the right hand margin of this page. It was written in April 2009, just one year ago. It really does give you a sense of how most of us archeologists feel when we have to stop playing and actually work. And this year I have a lot more stuff to do in a LOT less time. I feel like I'm back at school again preparing for finals!
But just because I'm walking away from the dirt soon doesn't mean you'll have to go without your daily dose of the Dirt Detective. I've got plenty of eye candy (in the form of photos) coming your way as well as an interesting countryside traffic-jam moment to share. So stay tuned. There's oodles more to explore.