Beyond field work

Field excavation is only the first of many steps in the archaeological process. Less glamorous, but equally important is the hard work of data selection, description, analysis, interpretation, presentation, and publication. Materials gathered in a single season may take years, if not decades, to reach the public eye.

Here Vicki uses calipers to record measurements from a collection of Early Bronze Age ceramic materials excavated by an American team at Tell Ta'annek (biblical Taanach) in the 1960s. The collection is housed at the Palestinian Institute of Archaeology in Birzeit, Palestine.

I shot this during our 1996-1997 sabbatical.