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Monday, Monday…week 2 underway!

I was trying to think of one picture to sum up my day…..20 new people, stifling temperatures……rotas, lists, visits, queries, worries, hot sweltering weather, and logistics! Oh and did I mention the weather? So I took 2 pictures of my … Continue reading

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Tuesday, Week 2

  Tweet of the Day, up with the lark, early birds and worms…that was me this morning….up with those birds at 5.30am in order to join BBC Berkshire radio’s Suzanne Courtney – live from site from 7am onwards. I have … Continue reading

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Sunday, Sunday

A slow start to the day…I think there were a few sore heads…..it would seem that not all pirates can hold their rum? Anyone visiting us today would have been struck by the sight of men with smoky smudged eye-liner, … Continue reading

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Pirates and Portaloos: Saturday

If you are wondering how a project this size actually functions…..well, it is all about the lists and the rotas! I have a list for everything…and everyone is on at least one list….For example: the portaloo cleaning rota. Our 56 … Continue reading

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Thursday: Trowels, Training and Tours!

You would think everyone would be too tired of an evening to do much more than a few rounds of scrabble…… For some reason (nothing to do with there being 135 people on site!) this Thursday morning was madly busy! … Continue reading

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Happy Hump Day!

Happy Birthday day! Happy Birthday to Su on site and Happy Birthday to my stepfather Peter off site! It is also the middle of of Week 1 and we now slide down towards our day off on Friday before re-energising … Continue reading

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Happy Shoesday!

I thought I’d begin with: One of our favourite topics of conversation is: the weather. Not because we are British…..but because we are field archaeologists. And….it is all about the footwear. Today was a GOOD day! Everyone was on site … Continue reading

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The Last First Day!

I did it! I got through the first day of the final season! Day 1 is always a huge challenge, and today was no exception. Last night 74 people arrived to camp on site…..fortunately the weather was perfect, no-one got … Continue reading

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Day 5, Set Up 2: Silchester 2014 is GO

We are ready. Just about. Today’s excellent news: we had a visit from Jon Crabbe of the University’s Health and Safety Services. He inspected our food provision and awarded us the highest mark available: a 5! Well done Jean! great … Continue reading

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Day 4, Set Up 2: tools and tantrums

Today was all about making our infrastructure beautiful and fit for purpose. We fetched and carried, titivated and tidied. Tidy offices, tidy minds. MOST EXCITING thing of the day…..the week…..the year……? We are trialling the use of mini iPads on … Continue reading

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