With departure for Sudan only weeks away, we’re putting together the final preparations for our fourth season of fieldwork at Amara West. Flights are booked, visas obtained, inoculations accumulated – and we have defined the key priorities for excavations in the town.
However, more mundane matters are currently being attended to.
As with most archaeology projects, the team needs a range of equipment, from specialist technical devices through to simple tools. Nearly all have one thing in common – none were designed specifically for archaeology!
Neal Spencer and Shadia Abdu Rabo using a Topcon total station to map the town site
From the builder’s toolbox we use trowels, measuring tapes, wheelbarrows, nails and hammers. While art shops provide us with the drafting film, tracing paper and of course pencils.
The surveyor’s total station – for accurately measuring distance and areas – is probably our most advanced piece of equipment.
Tuesday, January 04, 2011
Shopping for equipment for fieldwork in the Sudan
British Museum (Neal Spencer)