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What have I been up to?
2018 and 2019 have been very busy years followed by a "pandemic" 2020 with almost all fieldwork suspended and no travel other than to Austria. But let's pick up where we left here.
Before we embarked on our trip to Morocco I did the first session of aerial videography of archaeological sites in Northern Bavaria for a museum video project. This was a welcome creative break from the strict survey routines and I got some very nice video sequences of large sites in nice autumn light.
In Autumn of 2018 I could combine work in Morocco with a family holiday which was great. The work was good fun too, we had the chance to create high resolution aerial maps and 3D models of numerous early islamic sites in northern Morocco. This was accomplished by using the Smartplane and the Mavic Pro. The weather was a bit tricky I have hardly ever seen so much rain.
Just a few days after returning from Morocco, I went to Qatar, to do an Aerial survey of settlement sites in Northern Qatar. This was done using Kite Aerial Photography. This proved a superb technique and from the survey results it was possible to create plans of individual houses and small settlements.
To finish the year 2018 off, it was once more, time to go to Sudan. This time the usual survey of the excavation results was combined with some tests of new survey technologies including aerial photography with a thermal camera and a magnetic deflection survey. As always the people of the local villages have been great and we all got invited to a great party as well.
Spending Christmas and new year at home was a nice break.
The new year started off with some more aerial videography in Bavaria for the museum project this time covering a snow capped landscape. This was the second of three sessions.
With the spring, it was time for Sudan again, little did I know it was the last trip there for a long time. This trip was two projects in one the first half of the trip was spent with my dad creating 3D models of the pyramids on the Western cemetery. The second half was spent without him doing the excavation survey work for the iron working sites as well as exploring some interesting other sites for future work.
In April I was back in Bavaria for the final round of aerial videography this time with nice spring vegetation.
In June, the newest member of our family Joris was born.
During the Month of July I could get some surveying done on the Stätteberg next to the Danube in Bavaria the excavation season was prepared and a survey system established.
The high of the summer (second half of July and all of August) I spend on the second season of the Gold Mining project in Austria. Here we excavated a second Water tank. Details can be found on the project website, see above.
The fieldwork season finished off early this year with a trip to Croatia where I spend some days surveying at excavations, on the Danube once more.
The rest of the year was spent with lots of office work booth related and unrelated to my fieldwork. I created historical Maps for museum exhibits. Also, I used existing photographs of inscribed stone pillars and created flattened orthoimages for transcription and publication. I could process all the data from this year and got everything delivered in time.
The Year 2020 started of with a visit from Rick Spurway the documentary filmmaker from our Gold Mining Project. He visited for a few days to interview me.
Then the COVID-19 lockdown stopped all fieldwork but fortunately I got plenty of new desk jobs which could be done from Home so I spend the first half year of 2020 processing data and doing GIS analysis. In summer, it was finally possible to do some limited fieldwork so is spent some days doing aerial surveys for environmental protection projects in Leipzig and Jena. In August, it was possible to do some limited fieldwork for the gold mining project in Austria. We spend five weeks with the survey and photographic documentation of leads and tanks. We also conducted some interesting experiments with traditional gold washing techniques.
After the return from Austria in early September I spend lots of time working on desk jobs as well as maintaining and upgrading my equipment for when it is finally time to start proper international fieldwork again. And thanks to that break and a pending second lockdown I could now update this website. However, a major refresh of the whole site is likely to happen within the next year, the design will be five years old by then.
360° view from the Gumpenspitze in the Karwendel nature reserve park. Click on the image to download full size Panorama (about 50mb).
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