Saturday, March 10, 2012
Today, the Berlin group of our 2012 archaeological Petra activities takes off ground. Nine persons (Polly Agoridou, Nadine Bürkle, Jana Falkenberg, Sebastian Hoffmann, Thomas Kabs, Lydia Kappa, Will Kennedy, Jan Reimann and Stephan Schmid) leave for Amman with the newly (2011) installed direct flight by Royal Jordanian.
There, or rather in Petra, we are supposed to meet the Basel group consisting of Laurent Gorgerat, Christoph Schneider and Andreas Voegelin as well as Wiltrud and Robert Wenning from Münster. All of them arrived a few days earlier in order to get started with administrative purposes.
Yes, you counted correctly, André Barmasse, long time pillar and/or cornerstone of many archaeological projects at Petra is not participating this year. Although everybody is very sad about this, we know his spirit with us and especially we know that he takes care about the weblog of our activities in the usual professional manner. Next year, insh’allah, André will be part of the team again.