On Friday several of us were given a demonstration of the GPS equipment Dr. Younker purchased for the dig. I guess he was tired of renting and thought it better to buy one. It turns out that since I am the most technologically savvy of the group and have some experience with GIS, I will be in charge of the GPS equipment this season. We will be using a Magellan ProMark3 RTK system, with a base plus rover setup. This setup will allow us to get centimeter accuracy when taking measurements within the square. So no more theodolite!
My job this season (besides setting up the system every day for digging) will be to do a topographic plan of the Islamic village adjacent to Tall Jalul (which has never been surveyed), do a topo plan of Tall Safut, and use the GPS to set up squares for a surface survey at Safut. Hopefully I’ll be able to take full advantage of the GPS system and use it properly, we’ll see.