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johanna in hard hat

Johanna is a graduate student at Bryn Mawr College.

What is a Total Station and how does it work?

The Total Station is a machine that tells you exactly where in the world you are.  We have divided up the field where we work into a square grid.  We use this grid to tell us how far east and how far north any point is.  The Total Station can also tell us how many meters (there are about 3 feet in a meter) we are above sea level.  Once I tell the Total Station where it is, and where one other point on the field is, it can figure out where other things are.  It is a very expensive piece of equipment.  We have named the Total Stations: one is called Stanley, and the other one is called Antoine Diego.  Here is a movie of my friend Dan using the Total Station:

Why do you use tags?

We place tags on the ground to remind ourselves where on the grid we are.  We do not put them all over the field.  We just place them in areas where we are working.

Who is your best archaeological friend?

I have many archaeological friends. One of the best things about working on excavations is that you get to meet interesting and fun people. For example, on one excavation, I had a group of 12 friends. We called ourselves the Despotiko Dozen because the site's name was Despotiko. I still see them about once a year, write to them, and talk with them on the phone.



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