This week Comitas showed us some of his own early field work, and had a good laugh at himself. He said he was quite proud of the work he had done until M.G. Smith asked him some basic questions about how many pieces of data he had collected, at which point he realized that he wasn’t at all sure. The large image below shows the more systematic format that M.G. Smith helped Comitas to formulate. Comitas informed us that such a formal relic was less necessary these days since computer based spreadsheets have mostly made such things unnecessary, but to remind us that at one point all the materials were collected (and can still be collected) using only pencils and paper.
After class I took some additional photos of the examples that he is discussing as well as exploring his archives a little together.