In August and September of 2017 I joined a crew of archaeologists from CAU Kiel on their
campaign to Moldova (it actually was a cooperation between the CAU Kiel, the
Romano-Germanic-Comission, part of the German Archaeology Institute, and the Scoala ... for SFB 1266).
My task was to document the journey, the work and the everyday
life at an excavation throught life-drawings and short diary-like texts for a blog.
We lived in a small village in the northern part of Moldova, close to Edinet. I shared a house with
some archaeology students, some from Kiel, some from Berlin, one from Barcelona. During the five weeks I
got to know parts of the neolithic culture, parts of moldovian/ukranian culture and parts
of the archaeology mindset and culture.
I spent most of the time at the excavation site where we usually arrived early in the morning.
I drew the students, the local workes, the archaeologists, their machines, gizmos and instruments.
In the afternoons I usually worked in a temporary office we had set up in the villages school. I
colourized the drawings and compiled texts from the day's notes. In the evenings we usually met up at
one of the small shops for cold drinks, learning bits and pieces of the local's Ukraninan.
Back home I spent a semester turning all the drawings, notes and memories of the journey into a book,
working closely with the SFB's public relation's office and my professor Markus Huber.
The book was published by WBG THEISS about a year after the journey in october '18.
The final title is: »Habt ihr wieder nur altes kaputtes Zeug gefunden?« which translates to
»Did you only find old broken stuff again?«, a quote by one of the geoarchaeologists who
worked at the excavation.
TLDR: I accompanied archaeologists to Moldova to draw and write about their
excavation for a blog that was later turned into a book.
After not finding a fitting typeface to go along my drawings I decided to digitize my handwriting. I was lucky enough to get
Albert-Jan Pool to help me a bit with that. The resulting typeface pushed the book into a diary-like direction which was a great fit.
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During our stay in Moldova I already uploaded quite some of the drawings and texts
to a blog we had set up for the project: ARCHAEO LOUNGE