It rained today! Key several pictures of a rainy excavation – a rare sight in 2014…..
Today we hosted a visit from the 3 winners of the Young Archaeologists’ Club competition: Q. What was the book written by Rosemary Sutcliff based in Silchester? A. The Eagle of the Ninth……Quite a few of my students confessed to not knowing this answer……but Lucas, Tom and George did. And they joined us for a day on site, sadly bringing the rain with them!
We had a great day with the 3 of them – it is always heartening to see such enthusiasm! Tom was literally jigging with excitement throughout the day – and they all proved themselves to be serious-minded, knowledgeable and energetic. It was a pleasure to work with them. Sadly we had to close the site early at 3.30pm due to a Hampshire monsoon which elected to drench both us and the archaeology….
BUT – the sun came out for the Barn Dance! The Silchester Villagers had invited the entire dig for a hog roast and a barn dance at the West’s barn. It was enormous fun and Mike and I were honoured by the villagers….and given the freedom of Silchester Village…..a few pictures to give you all a taste of the event!