More than a fan of archaeology

So long hours or solitary study can lead us to do some pretty silly things.  I once read a whole book about Late Iron Age and Roman Shovels – which I’ve never been able to find again, and am fairly sure was a figment of my sleep deprived imagination.

Still archaeological pursuits are worthwhile and I still remember how excited I felt at excavating my first  archaeological find- not the WWII toilet I excavated at Tel Dor in Israel (which was my actual first find) but the Rare Neronian coin I excavated at the Lunt Roman Fort in England (which I tell people was my first find).   Actually thinking about it now that toilet was full of coins –  demonstrating how poor pocket technology was during those years!

I have also been guilty of some archaeological fan-girling. Ugh there has to be a better word and less gender laden word: supporter, devotee, super fan, aficionado….oooh Aficionado!

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I am a more seasoned fan-woman now….

That time at the Theorhetical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC) in Bristol where Lord Colin Renfrew (LORD!!!) held the door open for me- MEEEE!

That time I got Andrew Wallace-Hadrill to sign my copy of Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum (Princeton, 1994).

Yep I am THAT silly!

Yep I am THAT silly!

But I am more mature now- and hardly a high pitch note escaped my lips when J.D. Hill sat on my viva (thesis defence panel)- tho I may have been too nervous!

Preparation is the best way to conquer pre thesis defence nervousness!

Preparation is the best way to conquer pre thesis defence nervousness!

I like to think my dedication to archaeology is best demonstrated by that summer I slept and worked in a barn while doing geophysics for the South Cadbury Environs Project– which is totally not comparable to sleeping outside in a line to see a Twilight movie.

This was very serious work mind you.

This was very serious work mind you.

So I may have been made occasionally silly by archaeology- but only because I love it so.

Share your best Archaeology Aficionado moment!

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One response to “More than a fan of archaeology

  1. Just doing my second year of study, but at my age I have to hit the ground running. Buying Peter Woodman lunch and having a chat was good. First find was lead slag at Moygara castle, but I might revise that later to a sword or crown! Looking forward to much more. Keep looking for that book, and thank you for the post.

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