byAdam Jagich via web
The first week of June saw the beginning of another MEMSAP season. After organising all the equipment, setting up the lab, and inevitable car troubles we are now well underway. Because of the unfortunate lack of a field school, the 2013 team is smaller than usual.
The first phase of the season will see us undertaking extensive lab work on Middle Stone Age artefacts alongside landscape surveys of several river catchments in the Karonga District of northern Malawi. Stone artifact specialist Sheila Nightingale manages the lab work. Alongside her are Malawian participants Frederck Mapemba, Weilani Ng’ambi, and Carolyne Kalinga. They are busy with finds from the previous field seasons from the sites Chaminade II, Chaminade III, Bruce, and from test pits.
The 2013 surveys are a continuation of landscape research started in 2011. The survey team consists of Davie Simengwa, Oris Malijani, James Flittner, and Victor de Moor. We are camping during surveys this season, for the first time. Last year much time was spent travelling between survey areas and home, so camping provides a big logistical advantage.
In July our team will be strengthened by the MEMSAP team of geologists, whose arrival we are looking forward to very much. Make sure to check back over the next couple of months for reports on our work and stories of the twists and turns of doing archaeological work in Malawi.