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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Today I start with two images of pottery being photographed. Although we are not showing it to you daily, Norman Barker is over at Beit Canada each and every day all day capturing our pottery both on film and in digital form. As we edge toward publication of the first seasons at the Mut precinct, drawings and photographs of pottery are ever more important for our work. So thanks Norman, and we’ll get more pictures of you in here yet.

Pottery documentation
Pottery documentation

Kent cleaning statue
Kent consults with Simone

Kent is everywhere! Working with Franck as he moves each block, treating stones before and after removal, and here is consulting with Simone about the numbering of stones. So what else? He takes the time to clean out the inscription a little bit on the statue that Keli is drawing. What a guy!

The inscription on this statue is extremely degraded on the rear pillar. Once granitic stones lose their surface, it is a severe problem to reconstruct the original, because the eroded granite cracks around its crystal structure in a pattern similar to that of chisel marks. So often what appears to be the trace of a sign is only the natural erosion surface. How frustrating it is for the artist and the epigrapher. You see both sets of professionals despairing here. Keli , pausing at her work, then Betsy working with her on problem patch. And Chuck kibitzing. None of it really is successful entirely, but we made progress, and my handcopy from last July formed the mainstay of Keli’s text, but she rendered the signs as they actually appear on the statue – something only a good artist can do.

Keli working on the statue inscription
Chuck and Betsy consult with Keli

Chuck finishes the plan
Looking over the next layer

Kent and Chuck are looking over the next layer of stones to be removed, and Chuck is finishing the plan that he started yesterday. There’s a great deal of more room in here now that the wall is disappearing. Soon we will begin to excavate in this area, so tune in after February 17 to see the beginning of that activity. But remember what I said about Chuck’s cane? Well here it is!

Measuring the stones


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