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Day 3, Set Up 2: Staff Training day

The week before the excavation begins, I always gather my staff for a day on campus.It’s a chance to shake our boots free of bugs, dust down our best togs and head for the Sorby room. Here, Mike and I … Continue reading

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Day 2: Set Up 2: my wonderful team

A few candid shots of those I work with. Let’s start with Site Manager Jon (you already know him!) and Science Technician Rory – enjoying the relaxed site atmosphere! How about Nick? My second-in-command on site – and very familiar … Continue reading

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Day 1, Set Up Week 2: Walkways and Whimsy

It has been a feature of the last week on site: we are already getting nostalgic! our conversations are peppered with: do you remember when…do you remember who….this is the last time we do this…..! If you want to share … Continue reading

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Day 5, Set Up 1: infrastructure complete

A successful week! We have toilets, kabins, a small team, water, marquees, equipment and furniture. Silchester 2014 is GO! Are you ready?

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Day 4, Set Up 1: Alan arrives

It is the most perfect of perfect days…..a cloudless, blameless day. And Alan, our beloved tail lift driver arrives. Alan – retired now from the University of Reading – helps me each year to set up and set down the … Continue reading

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Day 3, Set Up 1: Tent City!

Today our 3 marquees arrived – one for each Insula and 1 for our Exhibition Centre (more on this later!). I enjoyed chatting to Ernie, who is a University of Reading Archaeology graduate who now has his own marquee business. … Continue reading

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Day 2, Set Up Week :location, location, location

Ever designed your own town……? I do so…every single season. Predominant colour scheme: green (although the A-Planters did offer to paint my HQ kabin pink……too much of a sexual stereotype methinks!). The A-Planters are used to me now – they … Continue reading

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Day 1 of Set Up Week 1: portable toilets…and a kitchen sink (or two)

When planning my set up weeks for this final season, I sorted out my priorities from the start: we need a dozen portaloos on site BEFORE 9am. We also need a means of making coffee…..of course the 2 are connected! … Continue reading

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GROUNDHOG SEASON: we’ve been here before!

    The Silchester ‘Town Life’ project is back for its 18th and final season. I can hardly believe it as I write those words. When I stood next to a JCB in July 1997, gesticulating over a greenfield, and … Continue reading

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Last Digging Day 2013

And so it is finally here – Saturday August 10th 2013 – our final day of digging for this season. I cannot lie…..I am ready for it! It has been 8 weeks since I arrived on site all the way … Continue reading

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