The rime of the ancient archaeologist

The rime of the ancient archaeologist

I qualify for the above title after having celebrated yet another birthday, this time up here in Vindolanda. Victoria organised a caterpillar cake, which compensated somewhat for being isolated from my family back in Leicester. Although I would have definitely wanted to spend my special day with them, working with some really striking pieces of […]

Presenting during a plague

Presenting during a plague

One of the perks of working in academia is going to conferences. Meeting colleagues from other institutions (and countries) and talking to them (sometimes even about your work) is tremendously rewarding. Despite always being knackered after even a single day of sitting on my backside listening[1], I almost invariably come away inspired and motivated for […]

Even the pottery tries to keep our spirits up

Pottery in times of COVID-19

London pottery photography week March 9th-13th.   A third photography week! Blissfully ignorant of what the global impact of COVID-19 would be in a few short days, we set off for London to take more photos of pot sherds. As we make our way to St. Pancras station, we talk about the virus, but as […]

Beautiful way of making a blob fish out of decoration on Samian, not very useful for analysis of fabric

Focus, Photo, Repeat

Photographing sherds in London (January 29th -February 7th)   As I detailed in my last post, the takeaway from our last photography session was that we needed more description to make sure that everyone knows what we are doing and we all stick to the same plan. So another protocol had to be devised for […]

Original plan for photographing whole vessels

Photographing in the dark

December 4th-6th 2019: the Arch-I-Scan project’s first encounter with proper pottery! After two weeks of planning our approach, seven of us (Penelope Allison, Evgeny Mirkes, Santos Núñez Jareño, Victoria Szafara, Alessandra Pegurri, Gabriel Florea and your faithful reporter) brave the winter morning cold to travel down to London to take photographs of whole vessels of […]

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