Digging a Tell

On the 29th of June I was digging in Százhalombatta (Hungary) in the middle of a Bronze Age tell, where there has been continuous habitation from c. 2200 BC to c. 1800 BC (Nagyrév and Vatya cultures) and a 4.5 m deep stratigraphy was formed.

It is a training and research dig and although I am a Roman specialist, the site director invited me, together with other more experienced diggers, to take part in the season.

So what was my day like? I have spent my day in the 20 x 20 m trench and delicately excavated and recorded a 1 x 1 m grid inside a Bronze Age house. I have only removed a couple of cm, but in a tell like that, this is a usual amount of work you can do within one working day.  Also there was a lot of sampling, and we sieve every bucket, we are even collecting every pebble!

The dig will run till the end of July, and you can find out more information here.

Çatalhöyük 2012: Week 1

Human remain crates at Çatalhöyük

Human remain crates at Çatalhöyük


My wife Camilla and I arrived at Çatalhöyük on Sunday morning with Christopher Knüsel after flying into Konya from Istanbul. Sabrina Agarwal joined us a day later with her graduate student Inbal. Clark Spencer Larsen and his graduate students Josh and Barbara arrived two days before us. With the arrival of Bonnie Glencross this morning, the Çatalhöyük 2012 human remains team is assembled and ready for action. Please continue reading at: A Bone to Pick