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Adventures of an Idalionite: Week Five in Cyprus

By Bethany Montague ’18

In case you missed the previous posts: 
Post One: Can You Dig It? An Archaeology Student’s Adventures in Cyprus
Post Two: Adventures of an Idalionite: Week Two in Cyprus
Post Three: Adventures of an Idalionite: Week Three in Cyprus
Post Four: Adventures of an Idalionite: Week Four in Cyprus

This week was our final week of digging. It was a fun week, but also a sad one. I constantly changed trenches this week as we scrambled to finish all of our digging projects. I started the week by finishing the dog skeleton, and then moved back to cistern. Connor and I worked together to try and get out as much dirt as possible, but we still couldn’t get half way through the fill. We were covered in dirt and sweat by the end, but it was a ton of fun. From there, I worked with Becca on a small baulk, which we finished in two days, and then took out a whole area of soft fill soil in a trench in a day. It was down to the last minute, but we were able to finish everything in time.

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Some students are getting a jump on their future this summer as participants in Hood’s Summer Research Institute. The SRI is a competitive program which allows selected students to work one-on-one with a faculty adviser on a research project. Students are provided free housing and a stipend while they conduct research in the laboratory or in the field for eight weeks. Pictured: Gianfranco Portuondo ’18 and Erin George, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Economics.

By Gianfranco Portuondo ’18

This summer Dr. George and I are studying the effects of monetary policy on job flows. Monetary policy is the tool that the central bank (the Federal Reserve) uses to maintain a stable economy. The central bank’s main monetary policy tool is changing the interest rate. The interest rate affects investment which in turn affects the number of jobs in an economy. The Federal Reserve has a dual mandate of maintaining stable employment and maintaining price stability.

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Adventures of an Idalionite: Week Four in Cyprus

By Bethany Montague ’18

In case you missed the previous posts: 
Post One: Can You Dig It? An Archaeology Student’s Adventures in Cyprus
Post Two: Adventures of an Idalionite: Week Two in Cyprus
Post Three: Adventures of an Idalionite: Week Three in Cyprus

This week was possibly the most exciting week of my archaeological career. While working on the baulk with Becca, we uncovered a dog skull, which turned out to be a whole dog skeleton. Unfortunately, we didn’t realize it was a full dog until we removed the skull, but nonetheless the whole experience was very exciting. It has always been a dream of mine to excavate a skeleton and Becca was more than happy to let me work on the dog. It was a very slow, tedious project, but worth it. I had to use dental picks to remove dirt carefully around the skeleton, and then use small paintbrushes to sweep up the dirt.

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Introducing our New Area Coordinators!

brandonBrandon McCartney

Responsible for Coblentz Hall and Memorial Hall

Hometown: Avon, Ohio

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Valparaiso University, Master of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University

Fun Facts: I studied abroad in Zaragoza, Spain during the last semester of my senior year at Valparaiso University and completed an international internship at Keele University, England during the summer of 2016. I am an avid guitarist and enjoy playing rock ‘n roll, the blues and folk music. I also enjoy reading history books, following the latest political and world news, attending church and working out.

Advice to First-Years: Take the time to get to know your fellow classmates and residents. Some of the most rewarding conversations can take place when we listen to different perspectives and engage in civil discourse.

From Brandon: “During my time at Hood, I hope to empower students to achieve their academic, personal and professional goals.”

taylorLaShawn Taylor

Responsible for Shriner Hall and Smith Hall

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Education: Bachelor of Arts in English with a creative writing concentration from Shepherd University, Master of Arts in College Student Development and Administration from Shepherd University

Fun Fact: I enjoy writing poetry, acting, painting and drawing.

Advice to First-Years: Don’t forget to have fun and take advantage of all the opportunities Hood has to offer you!

From LaShawn: “I’m excited to start a new journey here at Hood. I am looking forward to learning new things from the campus community.”

 

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Adventures of an Idalionite: Week Three in Cyprus

By Bethany Montague ’18

In case you missed the previous posts: 
Post One: Can You Dig It? An Archaeology Student’s Adventures in Cyprus
Post Two: Adventures of an Idalionite: Week Two in Cyprus

One would think that digging floors would be fun. One would be wrong. I spent the majority of my work this week removing floors and subfloors from my baulk. It is a very slow, tedious, repetitious process. When you first find the floor, you have to sweep, take pictures, and elevations. After that you can excavate the floor, but once it is gone, you have to repeat the same process with the subfloor. Once you remove the subfloor, you must repeat the process again. If you’re lucky, there won’t be any more floors, but if you’re me, you’ll have floors on floors on floors.

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Adventures of an Idalionite: Week Two in Cyprus

By Bethany Montague ’18

In case you missed the previous posts: 
Post One: Can You Dig It? An Archaeology Student’s Adventures in Cyprus

Just when I thought that it couldn’t get any hotter here, the island had to prove me wrong. This past week, it was at least 130 degrees in the sun every day, and 115 in the shade. Because of this we started going out into the field from 5:30 a.m. to noon, and then spent the rest of the evening at base. It wasn’t until Thursday that the weather calmed down.

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Amanda Shaffery '15 drawing with Tim Buttram of the University of New Hampshire in the trench in 2013.
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Ross drawing in the trench last week.
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Drone photo of the site taken in 2014, with the Byzantine material at the top and the trench just below.
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Ross and Mary Jean Hughes '08 in 2005, the first year she dug in the trench.
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By Jennifer Ross, Ph.D., Professor of Art and Archaeology

In case you missed the previous posts: 
Part One: Another Year, Another Dig: Archaeology Professor Jennifer Ross Writes from Turkey
Part Two: Good Teamwork, Good Archaeology: Professor Jennifer Ross Writes from Turkey
Part Three: Ethics and Archaeology: Professor Jennifer Ross Writes from Turkey

I’ve been supervising work in the same trench at Çadır Höyük since 2005. It’s about 10 by 8 meters (33 by 26 feet) in size, and has now been dug to over 5 meters (16 feet) in depth. I didn’t do all of that, but I’ve been here for the majority of the work in this particular location.

Archaeologists choose places to dig for a variety of different reasons. Our site was thought to be at risk of flooding in the 1990s when the Turkish government put in a new dam far down our valley. The government therefore asked our team—led at the time by Dr. Ron Gorny of the University of Chicago—to retrieve whatever data they could before the site was submerged. But while we’ve had water come close to the base of the site, the current lake edge is several kilometers away, and we’ve therefore been able to continue digging for all this time.

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By Callie Fishburn ’18

Walking down the main gravel road of Eckley Coal Miner’s Village, you feel as if you’ve been transported to the 1800s. Located in Northeastern Pennsylvania, about 2.5 hours north of Frederick, the village of Eckley is lined with houses that have been carefully maintained to accurately reflect their appearance 200 years ago, cars are forbidden to park on the main road, and all utilities and power lines have been covered up or buried underground. And the village is not merely a replica; it was a lively, working coal mining until the mid-1900s, and in fact a handful of people still live there today.

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Can You Dig It? An Archaeology Student’s Adventures in Cyprus

By Bethany Montague ’18

One week down, five to go.

My first thoughts on Cyprus: So. Very. Hot. While the island is gorgeous, the heat is often sometimes unbearable. On my very first day here it was already 100o. Despite that, though, I am in love with Cyprus, and my dig site. My camp site is another story though. We are living in army tents and sleeping in army cots. While this might not sound bad, with the Cyprus heat, it is terrible. Thankfully we have fans and lots of water. If we’re lucky, there will be a stro ng breeze which brings cool air into the tents.

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Ross and Sharon Steadman, the project’s codirector, sorting pottery. 2012.
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Madelynn Von Baeyer, our paleobotanist, recovering seeds using a “flotation device.” 2012.
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By Jennifer Ross, Ph.D., Professor of Art and Archaeology

In case you missed the previous posts: 
Part One: Another Year, Another Dig: Archaeology Professor Jennifer Ross Writes from Turkey
Part Two: Good Teamwork, Good Archaeology: Professor Jennifer Ross Writes from Turkey

The news story this week that the company Hobby Lobby was fined for illegally exporting looted antiquities from Iraq provides a good opportunity to write about ethics and archaeology, and about the protection of cultural heritage. Concerns about archaeological sites also stand behind some of the recent worries and protests about rescinding the federal protections of sites like Bears Ears in Utah or the archaeological sites on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation where the decision was made to go ahead with pipeline construction.

In places like Turkey, and at archaeological sites across the Middle East, these issues stand in tension with the history of European and American involvement (or meddling, if you will) in politics, and with continuing internal political and economic struggles. Recent looting and destruction of sites in Iraq and Syria by ISIS (about which my colleague Dr. Fred Bohrer has written) have been criticized around the world, but most people are less aware that this looting has provided an income to ISIS fighters, who sell antiquities to middlemen. These objects—including priceless cuneiform tablets, sculpture, and more mundane items like pots—then reach the hands of collectors.

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