Hello friends! It’s me. Back in civilisation after a month of traveling around and living in the ~great outdoors~. But just for a bit.
I’ve just finished week two (of five) of the Bamburgh Research Project. I’m excavating at Bamburgh Castle aka the Anglo-Saxon capital of Northumbria. There are three weeks left of the excavation but I caught a ride back up to Edinburgh to water my plants, do my laundry, and check up on things around here.
Just quickly because I’ll write a longer post at the end of the excavation, I’ve been working in the outer ward of the castle which was used as a manufacturing centre for the castle. Think metal working, smithing, and animal production. Past excavations have uncovered everything from patent welded swords to a metric fuckton of animal bone. I’m staying in Belford with the rest of the excavation crew, in you guessed it, another tent! And you guessed it, my back hates me.
We spend the first week cleaning out the trench and setting up for the season. The second week, I excavated a corner of the trench which had evidence of burning aka fire cracked stones, charcoal, different colours of soils. The rest of the week I helped to literally move a metric fuckton of soil to reopen another trench for re-evaluation. I used some rope knowledge to hip belay buckets on buckets on buckets of backfill.
[Dad, I know you’re going to make some joke about me ‘actually doing manual labor’ in the comments.]
But it’s been fun.
I got all my marks back for the year and ended second year with a solid 2:1. I’m now a Third Year! Cries. I’ve chosen my classes for next year. It look like I’ll either have a course on the Crusades and Medieval Society or a course on Conflict Archaeology for first semester plus two required courses. For second semester I have one required Archaeology course and then hopefully a course on the History of Tea (it sounded fun, okay?) or the Crusade class if I didn’t get it first semester and then another class in Forensics.
But anyway, that’s what’s up and why I’ve been more AWOL than usual.