My first experience of practical archaeology was at the wonderful site of Silchester. Which is an amazing excavation. It is also very rich in gravel. For the first two weeks of my archaeological experience I was digging a court yard area which was all various shades of gravel. I’m sure you’re feeling my pain. I’ve used this poem, which I wrote whilst on excavation, in a few presentations and so I thought it is time to unleash it on the world! Its just a bit of fun which I wanted to share!
Whist I was still a student at Reading I kept up my love of drawing and I just wanted to show one of the pencil drawings that I produced of a roundhouse from a picture I took at the peat moors centre. The finished drawing is on the right and I’ve also put up the work in progress and the photograph of the roundhouse.
One of the projects which I have been involved with here at the University of York is the Life in the Mesolithic activity days which are being run and organised by Emily Hellewell a fellow PhD researcher here. On Saturday the 28th June we had the first Life in the Mesolithic activity as part of the festival of ideas fringe activities. I was manning the Mesolithic fish trap making table and we had an amazing response from members of the general public. Both adults and children were really enthusiastic about making fish traps (and the other activities which were being show cased) and all had a go! For more information about further activity days and to meet the rest of the team please visit the Life in the Mesolithic blog.