Voices from the Field (2017-06-24)

So many sherds, so little time: re-analyzing pottery at Kaymakçı

Dalila Alberghina and Tunç Kaner

Team Members, from left to right: Tunç Kaner, Alparslan Aydın, Ebru Kiras, Adil Kekeç, Arzu Yıldırım, Elifnur Çetin, Fadime Şener, Miloš Roháček, and Kristina Jarošová (Not pictured: Dalila Alberghina, Berfin Güzel, Emine Şener, Mehmet Şener, and Aykut Erefe)

During the 2017 study season, the pottery team at Kaymakçı is re-examining the great amount of ceramic sherds collected in previous years. These have already been processed during the excavation seasons, but this year the goal is to analyze the pottery repertoire in more detail by looking for major groups and subgroups’ distinctions and correcting possible errors. This detailed study will allow a more careful assessment of intra-site variation and represents a pivotal element for the interpretation of the excavated contexts.

We follow the now well-established processing procedures. Every group of sherds collected from a context is divided into sub-groups according to fabric and typology, while diagnostic specimens (rims, handles, bases) are numbered and recorded separately.

  • Photographing a sample of ceramics.
  • Measuring color with the CAPSURE.












All sherds have now been photographed and weighed. Additionally, the color of the interior and exterior surface is recorded using Pantone CAPSURE devices. Sherds of interest are also analyzed via 3D scanning. 

Making a 3D model.

The process requires teamwork and coordination, and we are lucky to have extra help sometimes!

Lucy helping out!

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Voices from the Field (2017-06-16)

An exchange

Christina Luke

Last week, the Kaymakçı Archaeological Project (KAP) and the Fen Bilimleri School in Salihli had the opportunity to spend the day together. After tea, fresh apricots and homemade pastries, the students were split into three groups.

  • Project and school leadership meet.
  • Beautiful apricots from the Şener's garden.


In the ceramic lab, they were shown recording methods and 3D scanning. In the conservation lab, students learned about objects and science, and they tried to mend broken plates (from the local department store Kipa). It was hard!

In the zooarchaeology lab, they discussed the details of studying bones from the archaeological record to understand food patterns but also arts – wool and leather especially. KAP team members introduced students to using 3D images and virtual reality to determine the difference between sheep and goat bones.

In the afternoon, KAP members visited the school in Salihli. During a lovely poolside lunch, we met the director and talked with teachers and students about their school and future collaborations with KAP. We were impressed by their English and felt ashamed that we didn’t speak more Turkish!  


We were then shown the lower school, including the terrific chess room. We toured the main building to see classrooms as well as the wonderful café on the upper floor. Our time ended with a visit to the horses. We learned that this part of the curriculum promotes civil engagement and appreciation of animals.

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Voices from the Field (2017-06-15)

We are underway!

The 2017 season has begun at the Kaymakçı Archaeological Project! This year is a study season, so look forward to posts discussing our work to understand better the history of this amazing site! 


Project members taking a tour of the site. Photo credit: Jana Mokrisova.

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