Working on the Walls

Friday is the day off and we take a trip in to the local city Konya. The heat is stiflingbut we take a trip to the Mevlana Museum for a bit of culture. This is followed up by a lovely lunch and welcome cool drinks in a restaurant with a great view of the Mevlana.

 

Browsing through the bazaar there are plenty of presents for souveniers but the heat gets to much and it’s back to the hotel lobby for a sit down while enjoying freshly squeezed orange juice and free wi-fi access before our coach home arrives.

The new week begins in earnest and we’re up on site to tidy up some of the areas that aren’t to be excavated this year. This involves removing buckets of dust that has blown into the house structures since last season. Some of the students get the opportunity to work on investigating and uncovering wall paintings prior to excavation proceeding. Once the dust has been removed we can see some of the damage that has occured over the season. Cracks require consolidating and regrouting so we work as a team to get this done as quickly as possible. The heat under the shelters is intense and with all the dust we are creating everyone is ready for a shower at the end of the digging day. But our work doesn’t stop here – back to the lab to work on more objects…

 

Looks like we’re going to get some on-site lifting done as well. The excavation team want the bucranium that is sitting in one of the houses in the North shelter to be removed. Ashley talks through the process with the excavators and conservatino students. More on this later…

 

 

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