Back now from six weeks’ excavation on Palau. It was a great island and great season. A bit of diving, a bit of snorkelling, a bit of yomping around islands with some great company, some memorable late-night parties – and yes, some great archaeology thrown in for good measure.
Now I’ve got about four months’ post-excavation work to do on all the Palau material – not least pulling Palau: An Archaeological Field Journal into shape. As I suspected, things got too busy during the season itself to do much more than sketch and make notes – but I did come back with almost three notebooks full of drawings full of material, and have started work organising it all into something coherent. My aim is to have a substantial portion of it complete by the time Comics Forum rolls around in November – complete enough to present some of the experience of doing the comic as part of a paper on archaeology and comics. I’ve also got a bundle of finds illustrations to ink in, plus a series of cutaway reconstructions on our site on the island of Orrak to finish for the Bureau of Arts and Culture.
Lots of stuff to get through – so this won’t be the last I post about Palau.