So anyway, my old adviser and I are working on the monograph for a site excavated in the 1980s (Kom el-Hisn) which was actually somewhat completed at some point in that decade. That is, some of those involved wrote up chapters and they’ve been sitting in a binder for years. We’d been talking about it for a while now, but never really went anywhere with it.
Finally, a couple of years ago, said adviser (in retirement) got serious about it and we’ve been putting it together. As one might expect, some of the particulars have moved on and aren’t willing or able to either write up a new chapter or significantly modify the old one. Trouble is, for some of the crucial chapters — the ceramics for one — nobody else is really that familiar with the whole corpus to really describe them adequately, so we’re left with the original chapter as written. But: the one big chapter (the ceramics) is only available as a paper copy. So we were looking at either transcribing it manually (ugh) or perhaps scanning it in and OCRing it (which I tried and it didn’t work very well). We’ve been batting around what to do for over a month now.
Then this morning I was working on one of the smaller chapters that I’d already transcribed, looking up the references to put into the new format and did a Google search on one of the refs. . . .and the first hit was to a document on my own web site. A Word document. Of the supposedly paper-only documents. !!!!
Happily, it wasn’t something I had done, they were in a bunch of archive files I somehow got from somewhere at some point and plopped them up there for safekeeping. Eureka! Still quite a bit of work to do, what with updating it and changing the references from numbers into author+year format, but. . . .WHEW.