It may be chilly outside, with the summer a long way off, but planning the next season has begun in earnest, and the project is moving forward. Second year students are giving up their free time and working hard to get the small backlog of unwashed finds from the 2012 cleaned and sorted, and already we have empty crates and boxes of processed finds stacked up in my office!
If you’re thinking of volunteering this summer, keep a look out here for updates on how to take part in 2013. Information on how to register for an induction will go up here soon.
We’re really pleased to be able to say that applications for current university students to apply for a bursary to attend the dig have opened. If you are a currently enrolled university student doing a degree in archaeology or a related discipline then you are eligible to apply for a bursary to attend the dig for between 2-6 weeks. We are accepting applications from undergraduates and postgraduates, and it doesn’t matter if you aren’t at the University of Reading, our bursaries are open to all university students. You can find information about applying here.
During the year we continue to research and lecture about the excavations. Gabor, Rosie and I give talks to a whole range of audiences, from local historical societies, to university seminars, at conferences and right through to such important institutions as the Society of Antiquaries. Future talks that the public can attend are advertised on the events pages of the website, but in some cases the talks are filmed and made available online to all, so if you can’t attend you don’t miss out. Gabor gave a lecture to the Society of Antiquaries in November 2012, and you can log in as a guest and view his talk alongside his slides. Go to this link and scroll down to find Gabor’s lecture on the past four seasons at Lyminge. You’ll need to log in as a guest, but it’s free and very easy to do.
Gabor also recently gave a seminar in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Reading, which was filmed and is now up on YouTube, along with a range of videos from projects run out of the University of Reading Archaeology Department. Do have a look at what else is going on in the School of Human and Environmental Sciences, of which Archaeology is a part.
Here is part 1 of the lecture that was filmed in 4 parts. To find the other three parts click here.