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The Hadrianic Nymphaeum photographed from our kite seconds before it crashed

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

Recording: August 15-19, 2004

After nearly six weeks without sufficient wind, a rain depression on Tuesday produced the strong morning winds Wednesday. We were prepared, having left all our recording equipment for the kite on the site. Yet, we eventually were punished for this in a way resembling the New Testament story of the clever and unclever virgins, of whom the latter had not kept enough oil for accompanying the groom to his bride, when he eventually turned up. When we arrived early Wednesday morning on the site most of the batteries of the digital camera and of the remote control equipment had gone flat. When they finally were recharged or replaced, the wind had fallen. Another attempt early Thursday morning, the last day of the excavations, proved more successful, at least in the beginning. We were able to take pictures of the Hadrianic Nymphaeum, but the winds were less steady than the day before, causing a sudden crashing of the kite, which knocked out our digital camera. As a result, the aerial photographs of the Roman Baths' excavation were replaced at lunch time, when there are almost no shadows, by pictures taken by the excavation director hanging ca. 15 m above the floor attached to one of the cranes' arm. In the mean time, our second photographer, Danny Veys, has continued the digital recording of thousands of artifacts from this year's campaign.

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