Among our many tasks this summer was the expansion of the Digital Elevation Model (DEM) of Kaymakçı, a Bronze Age citadel in central Lydia; analysis of the CLAS ceramic dataset; and documentation of a Turkish village, Eski Hacıveliler. While Kyle was up to his shoulders in thistles operating the Real Time Kinematic (RTK) GPS with other project members, Peter was walking through fields looking for sherds and familiarizing himself with the ceramic traditions of Lydia in the lab and making updates to the CLAS database, which Peter helps to manage.
Around the mid-point in the season, we and four other CLAS team members documented the architecture of Eski Hacıveliler, a project spearheaded by CLAS member Elvan Cobb. Here we were given the unique opportunity to help digitally record and reconstruct the architectural remains of the village through two methods: RTK-GPS survey to map the architectural plan of each structure in the village; and total station survey and photography to create photo-rectified elevations of wall facades. The documentation of the historic structures at this village builds on and helps inform ongoing ethnographic studies regarding the organization of social space. Overall we both learned a lot about extensive and intensive survey methods and how their products can be used to answer larger questions of local and regional significance.