To many folk it might seem queer
The way things are conducted here!
With buckets, trowels and mattocks too
And better than last year- a portaloo
But Sunny days
And memories form
From this ol place
To which we are borne
PDAs and electric kit
Professor DP is all over it
Every record- its own device
Old-style archaeologists may look twice
But don’t be alarmed say we up here
At Boltby scar we raise the cheer
To progress on with determination
And the helping hand of computerization!
Fun on the fort: A student’s eye view. Brought to you today by Alexandra Martin-Geary Oh what fun we have had! I have been holed up in the same rocky gully for what feels like centuries (careful to avoid the Romans as Ed doesn’t like them!) But finally I can see light at the end of the tunnel…. Or curvilinear feature, whichever you prefer! I have excavated, drawn, filled in context sheets TST’d and my little piece of archaeology is almost complete! Dominic even promised me a treat in the form of excavating the fabled ‘not gully’ which is exciting, or it would have been had he not peered in, said ‘lovely work, let’s have another layer off and see what’s at the bottom eh- should only take a couple of minutes’ aaaaahhhhhhh!
In all honesty though I am really proud of my little piece of the site, I have even started to dream about removing stones to reveal the lost scrolls of Alexandria! Although it is more likely to turn out to be a case of last Tuesday’s bus ticket! Meanwhile in other news, everyone is working really hard. Nat and Guro have been slaving away in the ditch behind me, Ed and Freddie next to them happily mattocking away to the sound of Ed’s show tunes, Supervisor Becky dashing from one place to another answering questions and Eduardo the naughtiest boy in the world making explanations via the media of Kate Bush! Really though I do not believe we can praise the supervisors and other real staff on site enough! The work that is being done at Boltby is amazing and I have learned so much in just a few days without even realizing I was doing it! I think I speak for everyone when I say that, as the confidence now expressed on site is no longer that of rank amateur, but of fledgling archaeologists primed for the future! I might name the gully tomorrow!