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Despite the fact that Ilse, Dirk, and Juan are struggling to keep the kite on the ground at 7 a.m., the wind was not steady enough to keep our digital camera aloft.

Photos courtesy Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project. Click on images to enlarge.
by Marc Waelkens

Recording: July 18-22, 2004

The invaluable work of the architects' team directed by K. Paul will be documented in one of the coming weeks. The team composed of Belgian topographers and Turkish architects is a kind of ambulant group, making plans and elevations as the excavations go on and recording each piece of ashlar or decorated building element before it is removed.

Our first efforts to make aerial pictures with our new kite have unfortunately failed so far. We wanted to make the first pictures of the newly exposed zone in the Potters' Quarter after it was completely excavated. These pictures usually need to be taken before 8 am, after which the mountain winds remain strong but are no longer steady enough to keep a heavy camera in the air. This means getting up even earlier than usual, starting to take pictures from 6:30 a.m. onward. After the heavy thunderstorms of last weekend, the winds at the beginning of the week were too strong for the kite. When we tried a few days later, we had to stop after an hour, so that Dirk Menten, Ilse Desmet, Juan Willems, and myself, got an early morning, but no photographs.

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