1. Micromorphology: Sampling Soggy Soil

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    Watch as geoarchaeologist Dr. Panagiotis (Takis) Karkanas extracts soil samples at the soggy tell site, which has been plagued by record-setting rain and snow this season. The samples will be impregnated with epoxy and then cut and polished into thin sections so that their structure and composition can be examined under a microscope to learn more about the ancient behaviors that created the tell site over time. This is the sixth installment in a six-part series of video journals by Dr. Parkinson as he documents daily life and fieldwork during his expedition to Hungary's Körös River Valley, where he and his team are unearthing the remnants of some of Europe’s earliest villages.

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    • Underwater Geophysics

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      Check out how historic levels of rain in Hungary affect the work of geophysicist Dr. Apostolos Sarris and graduate student Dani Reibe as they attempt to establish GPS coordinates on the flooded site. Unfortunately, soggy soil can wreak havoc on ground penetrating radar, magnetometers, and other devices that let archaeologists "see" man-made structures hidden below the surface of the soil. This is the fifth installment in a six-part series of video journals by Dr. Parkinson as he documents daily life and fieldwork during his expedition to Hungary's Körös River Valley, where he and his team are unearthing the remnants of some of Europe’s earliest villages.

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      • Difficult Digging

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        Discover how difficult it is to dig through heavy mud and expose archaeological features after spring snowstorms and rain at the excavation site. (From behind the camera, Dr. Parkinson has a sarcastic discussion in Hungarian with his hard-at-work colleagues about the lovely weather.) This is the fourth installment in a six-part series of video journals documenting the daily life and fieldwork of Field Museum archaeologist Dr. Bill Parkinson and his colleagues during their expedition to Hungary's Körös River Valley, where they're unearthing the remnants of some of Europe’s earliest villages.

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        • Sloshing & Screening Video

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          After days of snow at the excavation site, even walking the short distance from the edge of the trench to the screen can be an arduous task, not to mention sifting through all that mud. This is the third installment in a six-part series of video journals documenting the daily life and fieldwork of Field Museum archaeologist Dr. Bill Parkinson and his colleagues during their expedition to Hungary's Körös River Valley, where they're unearthing the remnants of some of Europe’s earliest villages.

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          • Stuck in the Mud

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            Watch the heroic (and somewhat comical) attempt of some of the excavation team to muck their way through the freezing mud and make it back to the trucks after a long day. This is the second installment in a six-part series of video journals documenting the daily life and fieldwork of Field Museum archaeologist Dr. Bill Parkinson and his colleagues during their expedition to Hungary's Körös River Valley, where they're unearthing the remnants of some of Europe’s earliest villages.

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            • Muddin' to the Excavation Site

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              Take a look at the messy business of getting to the Neolithic excavation site after a spring rain. Nothin' like a bit of muddin' on your way to work! This is the first installment in a six-part series of video journals documenting the daily life and fieldwork of Field Museum archaeologist Dr. Bill Parkinson and his colleagues during their expedition to Hungary's Körös River Valley, where they're unearthing the remnants of some of Europe’s earliest villages.

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              • Piecing Together Early Societies

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                Bill Parkinson studies 6500-year-old societies in eastern Europe. How did those societies form? How have they changed into the world we see today? And how can anthropologists find out after all this time, and with all the dirt, mud, and rocks in the way? It seems to take a village--a multidisciplinary, long-term village of devoted researchers including Attila Gyucha and Rick Yerkes with the Koros Regional Archaeological Project. (KRAP!)

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