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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Will gets a great picture of Ashley, Shaina and Meredith preparing their notebooks for the day. A shot of the quay site also shows the lowering lake in the background. It is quite prominent now, but the drying lake bed is still very wet and impossible to stand on. Our boots sink deep into mud.

Ashley, Shaina and Meredith preparing their notebooks.
Shot across trenches to the receding lake.

Our statue that came out of the lake has been the focus of work by Hiroko and SCA Conservator Saadi and about half of the hard lime accretion has been removed from the statue’s front. The sides and rear are still awaiting treatment. However, it is emerging as a beautifully preserved statue under the coating, so the long hours of mechanical cleaning are definitely worth the effort.

The statue paritally cleaned and treated.
Concervator Saadi works on the statue.   Working on the statue.

Violaine and Betsy begin work on mapping and drawing stone features.   Violaine and Betsy mapping the stone feature across trenches.

Violaine and I will begin to map and draw the long stone features that make up the quay and stone walls attached to it on the north and south. This represents features in Trenches A/E, the Quay, and B. The work will take us quite a while, so we are starting early to be certain of having sufficient time to finish before Violaine leaves on July 2.

Meredith holds a small faience wedjat eye.
Meredith excited by her find.

From Trench B where she has been supervising all season, Meredith plucked a small faience wedjat eye. Small finds have not been so numerous from this area, so she is particularly thrilled with it.

Taking measurements for the drawings.
Taking measurements for the drawings.

Violaine completed stringing up a line from which we can take measurements to draw the wall. We are also utilizing a tape laid out on the stone feature laid parallel to the line. The difficulty we face is that the feature takes in nearly two meters of elevation, and we must get level and square readings for our points both below and above our eye level.

Taking measurements for the drawings.

At the ARCE Residence seminar room, Hiroko does a second conservator training class with the students. She used their very state of the art plasma wall mounted monitor to show a powerpoint and then they worked with actual objects.

Hiroko instructs the students in object conservation.
Hiroko teaching the students.


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