Voices from the Field (2019-07-14)

Archaeologists cannot stay away from archaeology

Nami Shin

Here at Kaymakçı, we work hard everyday to learn more about the ancient people who once inhabited the citadel. Our team includes many different specialists: excavators, zooarchaeologists, archaeobotanists, ceramicists, conservators, sediment chemists, and 3D spatial analysts. We happily work to identify the different plants, animals, ceramics, etc. used or kept on site in antiquity despite the sometimes intense daily heat and routine early morning starts.

Our team is hard-working and focused on research, but we still know how to have fun! On days off many team members like to venture to other places in the area. Some team members, like our archaeobotanist, like to spend their days off at the beach.

Our archaeobotanist standing at a pier in Ayvalık

In chatting with other team members, it seems most of our archaeological team simply cannot stay away from archaeology, even on their days off!

 A few team members exploring Assos.

The team enjoys their days off, but as you can tell we enjoy archaeology even more. Washing bones, floating sediment samples, digging in the dirt, and more are where our biggest smiles are found!

Look forward to more posts from Gygaia Projects over the course of the year!