I’ve learned a lot on this dig so far. I’ve learned more about the site of Olynthos and about Ancient Greece in general. I’ve learned how to get myself energized and prepared at 06:00. I’ve learned about leadership as a concept and as a part of the excavation.
Being a part of the team has made me realize how important good leadership is for the team as a whole to function. Without a competent and prepared leader, the whole situation would be different and likely would even fail to function. During something as simple as snack break, I’ve noticed, good leaders make sure all their team members are fed and rested. These little things such as care make a good leader. Being approachable and considerate of the entire team is also good. The team is only as good as their weakest link and it is the leaders job to ensure each member is participating to their full potential.
As a team member, there is opportunity to be a leader. By offering to carry something or checking in with other team members, you show that you care. I believe that conscientiousness and attitude is an integral part of success. These components are especially important as an archeologist when working long hours in the heat.