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From left to right newcomer Roel Bylemans, old-timer Tom De Cort, Frank Carpentier, and Erwin Nies

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

Depot Management: August 7-11, 2005

This week the depot team is proud to present our newcomer Roel (alias Wouter) Bylemans (REGA Institute, Leuven). He managed his first steps into the chaotic depot world pretty well and started off programming the database with Tom De Cort on his very first day. After one week he still seems very optimistic and even healthy. But the main challenge the depot team has to deal with is handling the depot storage capacity. We are gradually running out of space for all the finds that come down from the excavation. That's why we are rearranging depots. This may seem a very easy job, but while storing finds, one must keep in mind that they must be traceable at any time, that there should be a possibility for adding more finds of the same category in the future, that finds must be stored in a safe way, and so on and so on. New shelving in two of the existing depots should bring some solutions here. However, besides being creative, having the ability of serious observation and thoughtful consideration about how to move pieces is one of many skills a die-hard depot manager should master. Having a lot of patience is another virtue of a real depot manager. Frank Carpentier and Tom De Cort thus had to remain for about 20 minutes while our epigraphists were taking pictures of the inscriptions on three column fragments, each one weighing about 100 kilos, discussing it and dictating the text to one another. Furthermore the depot managers are proud to announce Tom's departure, but he is very much missed by the rest of the team.

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