Excavating is more than exposing structures and recovering artifacts. It also involves a careful recording of all architecture and small finds. As far as the former is concerned, a team of architectural students composed of four people draw parts of the entablature of the Antonine nymphaeum (Heleen Schroyen, Evie Favoreel, Ellen Bosmans and Inge Vandewinkel, all from the Provincial Highschool of Limburg, Belgium). A second group is recording with the laser theodolite all ground plans and elevations (David Dooghe, St. Lucas High School, Gent; Nilay Göçkünü, Istanbul Technical University; Derya Güleç, METU Ankara). They are supervised by architect Karel Paul (Center for Restoration Lemaire, KULeuven) assisted by architect Günnur ÇalIkan (Istanbul Technical University).
Down in the excavation house, the small finds are put into a database, with many links (for example to the exact location of each object at any time during the day), by a team of computing engineers composed of Bram Ottoy and Bart Veeckmans (Group T, Leuven), assisted by a number of computing engineering students from the same high school (Tom Van Hoeck, Floris Lambrechts and Paolo Pilozzi).
At the same time, on the site proper, Tijl Vereenooghe (KULeuven) is recording with special registration equipment developed by ESAT, KULeuven and Eyetronics Leuven, as part of the EU Murale project, the stratigraphy in the Domestic Area, as well as statuary. This allows us to render both stratigraphical layers and sculpture or buildings in 3-D.
Despite our newly acquired digital camera, which doesn't interfere with other signals as happened with the normal cameras in previous weeks while taking aerial photographs from the kite, a lack of wind this week had prevented us from continuing these activities.
Our archaeozoologist Bea De Cupere (Royal Museum of Central Africa, Tervuren) has started the study of the faunal remains, while Nathalie Kellens (KULeuven) continues hers of the metal objects.