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My Silchester Top Ten 1997 – 2014
It is almost impossible to condense 18 years of excavation into a pithy sentence or two….and one day I will write the book of the dig (and change the names of course). But ever since that final Final day on … Continue reading
Starting with Insula IX: a photograph of the ditch running alongside the Iron Age street, extending into the distance beyond kneeling Tom. Edoardo and his team have brilliantly revealed the extent of this curving street beneath the east-west Roman street, … Continue reading
The End is Nigh….I can feel it getting closer, so I am wrapping myself in a bubble of unreality so I don’t have to think about it….. Luckily I am busy enough…so not much time for retrospectives. What happened today? … Continue reading
Last Week 5 Monday
It is Week 5. And we have 32 new people on site! The countdown continues……a lovely hot day with visits by our English Heritage Inspector Ben Jervis, Professor Norman Hammond, the Times Archaeology correspondent, and our renowned colleague Professor Richard … Continue reading
Lots of visitors today…a sunny day drew the crowds. Over 300 general visitors, which kept Zoe and her team on their toes! Mike and I spent time with friends and special visitors, including lovely Nina Crummy and her husband Philip. … Continue reading
Saturday: Young Archaeologists at Silchester!
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 … Continue reading
Last Times, Past Times
The days are going by in a blur for me! Not only do we have a large number of booked in groups and visits, but each day sees more and more people from the excavation’s past arriving for a final … Continue reading
Wednesday week 4: 16 digging days to go!
I had such a busy day today – but somehow rushing around in lovely bright sunshine is not nearly as onerous as rushing around in bleak, cloudy, drizzle! I gave 4 site tours – all to very nice and appreciative … Continue reading
Every morning at 7.45am I make my way into the cook hut. Here I am in the privileged position of having my breakfast laid out for me…and my coffee made….by wonderful Jean, our cook…a lady whose bark is definitely far … Continue reading
A great deal happened today on site: 10 new people were inducted into the archaeology, mattocks were a tour de force in both trenches, another Nero stamped tile was discovered, Supervisor Natalie arrived to take the place of a saddened … Continue reading