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No Photos of Copan Archaeology

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No Photos of Copan Archaeology

Another day of excavating skeletons. Well, actually, I just stood around watching today. The Japanese osteology specialist was at the helm. He scraped, ever slowly scraped the grains of soil from the orangish bones with dental tools. Archaeology is a slow process. We are only making an few inches of ground a day, only getting further into the soil by the tedious scrap, scraps of small metal tools and plastic haired brushes. But archaeologist know time, and they know that what has been buried for a thousand years can wait for the patient hands of archaeology.

Photo which does not really show any discoveries or sensitive data. I think this photo is alright to publish.

I would really like to show my photos of this excavation on this blog, but I am not permitted to publish any details about the site- especially photographs- and I had to sign a document that said that I would obey this rule. I do not think that what they consider as “publishing” is really akin to the type of publishing that I do. I am just a blogger who is fortunate enough to have 300 visitors a day. I am still a small fry.

I am very pleased that I am even allowed to take photographs in the field. Although these must be for “personal usage only.” I do not think that a blog can really be considered “personal usage,” although, at the same time, it is not academic publishing. But, at any rate, this team of archaeologists have been really kind to me, and I want to respect their requests to the fullest extent that I can and still be able to write for my meals. I have probably gone too far already by writing about what we are finding. So no good photos will be published for now. But I do think that I could begin publishing photos of the “work in progress” that does not show any of the details of the site.

Photo of Copan excavation which also does not reveal any sensitive data.

I really feel as if I need to begin showing some photographic evidence of my work here, as I feel as if I am boring all of you with these unillustrated, bare-naked descriptions. Or maybe if I don’t start showing some photos soon, you will think that I am just making all of this stuff up hehehe.

Mira is with me nearly everyday, and she still thinks that I make everything up.

Maybe I am beginning to agree with her hehehe.

But, nonetheless, I would really love to be able to show these photographs because they are really interesting. Well, at least I think some of my good old archaeology nerd friends would get a kick out of them.

Archaeology is a profession of nerds.

I am no different.

Wade from Vagabond Journey.com
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
March 10, 2008

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Wade Shepard is the founder and editor of Vagabond Journey. He has been traveling the world since 1999, through 76 countries. He is the author of the book, Ghost Cities of China, and contributes to Forbes, The Diplomat, the South China Morning Post, and other publications. has written 3054 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

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