The major field records are the trench notebooks written by
people, often graduate students, who helped guide workmen within a specific
area and also recorded the archaeological features and portable finds
discovered (e.g. a hearth for the first, or pottery for the second). Many of
the artifacts were sent back to the storerooms in Pitsidia for cleaning and
storage. At the end of the season that same trench master wrote reports of
how the work was done, as well as interpretive analyses of what was found.
Along with them were filed pottery reports, which were detailed analyses of
each lot (or pail) of pottery from a specific area (locus) or stratum (e. g.
Trench 65A 5:25, where 5 represents the relative local stratigraphic level
and 25 represents the pail number).
Anyone looking into these records should also be cautioned about
their use. For instance, mistakes in identification can be made, and
interpretations made in the field may be wrong, hopefully to be corrected
during another season’s work. Dating, based as it was almost entirely on
relative pottery styles, is also variable, for experts differ in their
evaluations and even they are inclined to vary from year to year, depending
on the state of their own research.
In order to investigate a particular area of the site here, you must first
find which trenches were excavated there. You may begin by looking at Table 1*, 2*, and 3*, showing the excavated areas and the relevant trenches. You
can also consult the plans, including the trench plans, of the three areas
(Figs. 1-8). Then access particular notebooks and/or reports. Each trench
was assigned the number of the notebook followed by an alphabetical or
numerical designation indicating the sequence of work (e.g. Trench 22A1, or
33C). The actual notebook number represents one of the usually five to seven
field books begun during any excavation season of five to eight weeks. The
first notebook of the first year was No. 1. The designation “A” was given to
the first trench recorded in a notebook. If a trench adjacent to, say, 22A
was recorded in the same book, it received the designation “1,” thus
becoming Trench 22A1. In cases where a new trench was opened in a new area
by the same trenchmaster, that trench received a new alphabetical
designation (B, C, etc.), e.g. Trench 33C which represents a trench in a
third new area recorded in Notebook 33.
Below, in order, are arranged the Trench or Field Notebooks, followed by the
Trench Reports. After them are numerous Specialist Reports by technicians,
analysts, and other experts. These provided continuity from one year to the
next as we attempted to come to an understanding of the contexts being
excavated. Finally there is a series of interviews of elders in Pitsidia
carried out in the early days of the excavation in order to recover precious
information about local history that otherwise would have been lost soon.
Maria Shaw used these interviews in her 1981 article about Sir Arthur Evans’
visit to Pitsidia in 1924.
Most of the reports have been scanned from microfiche records put together
at intervals over the years. As a result they differ in quality. In some
instances, especially individual notebooks, poor quality of reproduction
required new scanning, the result producing much better quality results,
including that of the photographs glued into the notebooks. We plan to bring
all the trench notebook files up to date in this way as time and resources