Week 3-4 (2012)

 

Over the two following weeks, the NASK team had to endure not only the thorny Karystian flora and the intense heat, but also the increasing wind, reaching up to 8 beaufort (strong gale) on some days, making communication as well as orientation in the landscape a difficult task. Due to long working days and difficult field conditions, the NASK team was given a long weekend off to avoid fatigue and to regain strength and motivation for the final two weeks of work.

Despite the demanding weather conditions, the NASK volunteers managed to cover another 190 squares (100 x 100m) and to record another 5 findspots over those two weeks, including a quarry and a likely metallurgical workshop as indicated by the large quantities of slag and pottery found in situ.

Work at the local museum had to be intensified during this period, as the finds were – literally – piling up. Large quantities of pottery and obsidian had to be washed, recorded and documented on a daily basis to keep up with the amounts of artefacts being brought back from the field every day.

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