Closing down - Ness of Brodgar final day

Not too much to report, aside from the fact I've had a productive and successful, albeit short, field trip this year. I managed to collect 20 large block samples during the week I've been here, which is more than enough to keep me occupied for the foreseeable future. The midden deposits I sampled in Trench T cover the early to late sequence, and hopefully we will be able to distinguish differences in activities and resource use between these phases. Will we see similar things going on here as we see in the main excavation area? Or will there be differences between these two parts of the site? Just some of the many questions we are hoping to answer! For now I will leave you with these fine images of the site being covered over until next year!

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  1. How does it work? Do you always come in at the end of excavations, when profiles are ready and samples can be taken? Do you have an input in project design before digging? Like where the profiles are going to be?

    1. Hi Jos. It depends on the excavation. I normally have to wait until a lot of the profiles are clear, as it is best to see the whole thing before deciding where to take samples. The Ness excavations have been running for a long time so I have had to work around existing excavation rather than suggesting where to dig, though this may change in future.
      In other projects where micromorphology has been part of the plan from the start (e.g. we can have more input into where profiles will be, or suggest where to leave blocks standing within house floors/fill etc. Likewise, the Catalhoyuk project has had micromorphology as part of the project design, and the excavators know where to take samples/leave profiles etc, according to research questions of the micromorph team.

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