20 August, 2000: Since this is the last field day of the 2000 season, human remains specialist Lori Hager is focusing on excavating the skull of F.634 to be able to conserve it in the lab. She started the excavation the day before (19 August). By the end of the clip it is ready for its final in-situ photograph. Another conservation project is going on in the background where Emin is squirting a foam preservative on the phytolith (silica skeleton) remains of a complete basket that was found in Space 158.
Also in the background is some wonderful dirge sort of music. This clip is the result of Ruth taking up the videocamera and filming the final cleaning of this skull for use in another video. She did use this video later in the year in a 1-minute movie in which this clip was accompanied by the music of Dido's lament from Purcell's opera of Dido and Aeneas. This movie also became part of the Real Audiences Virtual Excavation on-line exhibit: diva.berkeley.edu/projects/bach/rave/vignette_pages/html/dido2.html. So we called this skull Dido although we had no idea until the following season that it was indeed from a mature female. That story is incorporated into a five-minute movie that Ruth made to explain to a non-archaeologist what we do: gallery.mac.com/chimeraspider#100031/Catal_Dido_remix&bgcolor=black