to Nemea, a pilgrimage to the Acropolis, inventorying 5,000 artifacts
GREECE My time in Greece has come to an end. At least for
this year. Last weekend, the remaining members of the staff made
a pilgrimage to Athens to see the Acropolis and the site of the
Classical Agora. Despite the heat and the crowds of people huffing
and puffing their way up to the Parthenon, the Acropolis is just
as elegant and impressive as described in books. What boggled
my mind was the amount of inventorying done. Both the Agora and
the Acropolis have about 6 to 10 times more artifacts to classify
and inventory than the 5,000 or so pieces at Nemea.
last week at Nemea, I typed up inventory sheets for each shelf
of artifacts there. This system effectively makes the storage
room into more of a library. Hopefully, my efforts will help the
museum and the research there run more smoothly in the future.
summer in Nemea, working in the museum, helped me to appreciate
other museums much more. I don't presume to imply that the small
museum of Nemea is comparable to huge, well known ones such as
the Louvre or the British museum, but in my own small way, I feel
I've been a contributor to the increase of knowledge and understanding
of past civilizations. I will never forget the small town of Nemea,
I hope I never forget this feeling of touching a piece of the
past and of the future at the same time.