Enjoy some folk jams as you read. As of yesterday I am officially done with my lectures for the semester! As of this afternoon, I am done with all my assignments! I just submitted my last essay about Goat domestication in the Neolithic for Archaeology.
This week has been pretty decent. On Wednesday I explored a bit around Edinburgh and found a really cool antique shop up in New Town. It had a collection of stuff stored everywhere. I ended up with a brass-ship bell with the handle shaped like Bamburgh Castle… much to the approval of my flatmates. I also had a chat with the guy running the shop about a bunch of 16c cannonballs they just acquired. I always went antiquing with my parents and being a human with a general interest in old shit I do really like finding antique shops with tons of stuff just everywhere.
Last night was the last EUMC social of the year: the Adventure Race. It’s a race around Edinburgh with stops and challenges along the way. The route this year ran from GBH (near Old College) up Calton Hill for drinking and marshmallow eating, then to St. Anthony’s Chapel (the 15c ruins in Holyrood Park) for swimming and more drinking, up to the summit of Arthur’s Seat for more drinking, then down Arthur’s Seat to the Meadows for drinking while slacklining, and finally finishing back at GBH. Erling and I ran the race again this year… and we took third again. At least you can say that we are consistent. The last part of the race had us running through George Square. I played ‘Eye of the Tiger’ aloud on my phone to the enjoyment(?) of everyone emerging from the library late on a Thursday night.
But, I am done for the semester… until exams.
This semester has gone really well. I didn’t have as many written assignments as last semester so that was sort of refreshing. Archaeology diversified a lot and I got a chance to work in the computer labs to create digital posters, charts, and site plans for assessment versus just writing another essay.
I am really pleased with my selection of courses and while I’m stressed for the exam (like always) I feel like I know the material and know what I need to revise. My exams this year are on May 15 (Archaeology), 18 (Medieval Europe), and 23 (Roman World). After my last lecture it’s off on the EUMC road-trip for climbing and camping wherever it is sunny.
On Sunday, I’m headed down to Chester to take part on the first of three excavations this summer! I am so excited for this excavation as I will be excavating a medieval cemetery! I’m also excited to be getting out for some fieldwork again… call it being from Kansas. I’m currently doing a load of laundry of clothes that I will need for the excavation and then I’ll finish up packing tomorrow. I’m also taking some books for revision and my laptop so I can work on the weekends as the excavation runs 9.40-4.30 Monday to Friday.
I’ll be posting updates about the excavation here on the blog, if you want to hear about the new old thing I’m currently crying over.