Shortlisted entries 2011



5.Fresh Light on the Past
Culture, Dr Lindy Crewe

 

During summer, staff and students in Archaeology excavate at the Bronze Age village of Kissonerga-Skalia in Cyprus. We want to understand how people interacted with each other and their environment 4,000 years ago, and to communicate to people today that learning about the past can help us better manage the future. Archaeology is a finite resource, irreplaceable once destroyed, so we have a responsibility to dig, and record our discoveries, carefully. On the final day we photograph for publication: sweeping trenches clean, clearing archaeologists from the frame. Like past peoples we are often creative in our use of tools, such as duct-taping a camera to a telescopic window-cleaning pole to take this photograph. Many attempts are needed to get the shot straight (this is one that failed) and it’s a race against the rising sun. We then backfill to protect the archaeology from winter rains, awaiting our return next summer.

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