NARRATOR: Beyond doing standard archaeology, PKAP also has to familiarize five undergraduates with their survey method and the city of Larnaka.
WILLIAM CARAHER: The medieval, early modern city is back this way, whereas the ancient city is further to the east, and the modern city sort of stretches between them. So you’ll notice, when you come down here, suddenly all the roads will go crazy and it will be really hard to find your way around, and they’ll be a lot of little crazy alleyways. You’ll see these military trucks, mostly those are Greeks.
NARRATOR: Hands on education is an important component of the expedition. This evening, the students are brought to the top of Vigla and given a crash course in field walking.
WILLIAM CARAHER: Hey guys! Come down here, please!
NARRATOR: To collect artifacts, four field walkers – in this case five – are spaced at ten meter intervals. Using a collection method called the cronotype system, they gather one example of every kind of artifact seen in their swath, while producing a representative sample of the material present in each grid square.
MICHAEL FRONDA: One of the things this project does is it allows undergraduates a chance to come and work and get some field experience. And I’m intrigued by the educational aspect of that. They end up not just getting a hands on archaeological fieldwork experience, but they also get something that’s very experiential. Some of these students are coming from places – from universities – from parts of the United States where they haven’t had a chance to travel very much, certainly haven’t traveled internationally, and certainly will not have experienced a culture as different as what they’ll find in the Mediterranean.