By J. P. Droop
J. P. suspend (1882-1963) used to be a classical box archaeologist. After graduating from Trinity collage, Cambridge, in 1904 he labored as a box archaeologist for the British tuition at Athens, and was once appointed Chair of Classical Archaeology at Liverpool college in 1914. This quantity used to be meant as a advisor to useful archaeological excavation and was once first released in 1915 as a part of the Cambridge Archaeological and Ethnological sequence. on the time of booklet, archaeology was once beginning to turn into a extra medical and educational self-discipline, as might be visible in Droop's arguments at the value of archaeological context and information of stratification on website. the advance of excavation as a scientifically established perform is proven through the emphasis on making plans of the positioning, unlike previous publications to excavation. This quantity presents insights into the advance of the speculation in addition to the perform of archaeology.
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For this purpose there is no need for him to be a finished draughtsman, for the final drawing can, of course, always be made by professional labour. Likewise he should be a capable draughtsman in water colours as well as in black and white. As with the planning most drawing can be done and better done professionally after the excavation is over, yet there are cases when the object is too frail to be removed intact, and the excavator's conscience is then clear only if a picture has been made before removal, for which photography is not always adequate, for all archaeological objects cannot be satisfactorily photographed, particularly if it is not possible to clean them thoroughly, because, though the camera cannot lie, it cannot make a proper distinction between dirt and design.
This is a return to the plea for an adequate staff. It is also a plea for comparatively short hours. m. 30 with two hours' rest at noon. Those hours he would work tilling his own fields or another's, and excavating work is on the whole less heavy, for pick and spade naturally rest by turns, the spade being never used for breaking up the soil but only for clearing away that already excavated. The man in charge however has his attention continually on the strain. Moreover his headquarters are generally 2—2 20 PARTICULAR [CH.
There is, I think, no reason why he should put himself to the pains of translating the words that come to his mind, the 28 PARTICULAR [CH. use of which may often mean a real saving of space and time, provided that he chooses a leisure moment to enter a dictionary on a spare page; I possess for instance a notebook from Sparta that records the presence in many sections of "Toutou" in varying quantities. "Some have greatness thrust upon them," among whom was Georgios Toutoudakis or Toutous. He was a Cretan who worked at Sparta during the first season, and he it was who working in a pit by himself found the first specimens of pottery of a particular period, the relations of which at that time could only be guessed at.