// June 22nd, 2011 // No Comments » // 2011 Fieldschool Norway, Fieldwork Projects
Finalising our "Master Plan"...
That was really long day (and the shortest night of the year).Daylight was gone for only 1,5 h. Coincidently again the day, I was the site director, ended in the lighthouse. But let’s start from the beginning…
Today we scheduled the dive number ‘0’. Before student divers entered the abyss, Jens tried to take photos for a new photo mosaic. But due to bad visibility it didn’t go well. The next dive (dive number 1) was more successful. Kasper continued working on the offset and Sandra described selected timbers. Dive 2: Gustav was busy with timbers; Sila completed drawing adding details on Kasper’s drawing board. Third dive brought us first samples for dendrochronology test. Eva selected 5 timbers that ware later cut and preserved so unharmed can they reach the laboratory. Peter was occupied with drawing between 7meter line and 11meter line 2meters north and up. There was only one more dive today. I followed Peter’s results and finished the next 2 meters north from his part of the ship wreck. Kaspers 2nd dive today was a guard dive. He protected me from a huge crab that found its home under ceiling planks. Being multitasking he also gathered loose timbers and cleaned a bit area?
Goals from today were:
– Photo mosaic
– Fixing the drawing
– Find the ‘candidates’ for dendro samples
– Cleaning the shipwreck
Only two were fully successful. We finally finished the main plan in scale 1:10. It looks amazing. It took exactly the time that had been planned. From the very beginning the work went smoothly. Other thing is samples (already mentioned). Photo mosaic will be taken tomorrow.
After work at the site we had briefing on which we summed up the day and planned tomorrow. Dinner was shortly after discussion. At 6:15 p.m. we were ready with all the archaeological work of the day so we headed for the southern most lighthouse of Norway. It was long light so we had to wait for the light house to be turned on. I had really long walk and I climbed on almost every hill around the lighthouse. The team came back around 00:00 a.m. Good morning everyone. Have a nice day and a nice summer which has started tonight.
There are only two more days left before we’ll go back to Esbjerg on Friday. After three weeks we got used to work and the system we worked in. Everyday routine set our biological clocks to wake up at 6 a.m. every day with no alarm clock (at least most of us wake up, some can sleep all the time – even while being awake). Everyday duties taught us diving procedures and hard work underwater (at least most of us know what to do). ‘Site director’ day gives us responsibilities and makes us decide in cases of archaeological project management and even though it may be tough to be a boss to your friends this is what we all have to learn, and that will be our job when we graduate (at least most of us hope so ). Field school, in my opinion, is the best way to study archaeology. It doesn’t matter if it’s on land or underwater project (in our case it is nicer to be underwater). Archaeology is in the field study it will always be.
Being here assured me that this is kind of work I would like to do in the future. I’m looking forward to the next projects. It is a great adventure in a really beautiful place but as we’re done with the project it’s time to relax and finally see our beloved ones.
There is only one thing that makes us not to hurry to go back to Esbjerg… – Coming Material Culture exam, next Tuesday/Wednesday. Let’s hope we can use the knowledge we gained in Skjernøsund on the ‘Vrak 3’.