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2021 was (selectively) great!

2021 was (selectively) great!

I am getting old… The years all look alike. At this stage it looks a lot like this year is starting as the last one began; in lockdown… Looking back at the past year, instead of dwelling on the negatives (obvious though they are), I will only consider the things that make us happy. The […]

There… and back again: Vindolanda, Week 3

There… and back again: Vindolanda, Week 3

Our third and final week of pottery scanning at Vindolanda got off to an unexpected start; unfortunately, circumstances led our comrade Santos to return home to Leicester, leaving Daan and me to continue collecting data as a duo. Santos was with us in spirit however, as were still able to check in with him over […]

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 […]

Journey to the Edge of Empire: Notes from Vindolanda Week 1

Journey to the Edge of Empire: Notes from Vindolanda Week 1

When the UK government announced the first national lockdown in March, we were only at the very beginning of our pottery-scanning programme, having visited the Museum of London for a few days the previous December, and MoLA (Museum of London Archaeology) for a total of three weeks between February and March. We had plans for […]

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 […]

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