Monthly Archives: August 2010

Last Day

Finally, and all too soon in some respects, it’s time to head home. But much awaits me there, and I’m looking forward to seeing all the girls again. After some general site clean-up and official photography with scales next to … Continue reading

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Cow’s Head

We had our coldest day yet, with steady winds and the kind of rain all morning that you don’t want to put your wet-gear on for, but know that if you don’t you’ll be soaked by day’s end. The weather … Continue reading

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Blitz Troweling

With the project’s days drawing to an end this season, my trench supervisor’s eager to tease out as much information as feasible in the next few days. Thus, she ordered some blitz troweling today in certain areas where she wants … Continue reading

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Structure 10 in the Sun

This morning we started by cleaning Structure 10 as well as we could by brushing the dirt to remove little particles of dried-out soil, and also by troweling away boot prints. We were told that National Geographic was coming by … Continue reading

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Beware the Midge

An unusual day for Orkney today: no wind! That means midges! Annoying little buggers! They really enjoy feeding on us, especially while we work on delicate operations like extracting 5,000-year-old pots from the ground, in as few pieces as possible. … Continue reading

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Rousay and Birsay

Caught a wee ferry over to Rousay this morning and spent five hours there seeing various archaeological sites, walking, and driving round the entire island. Thanks to a bland overcast my hoped-for photo opportunities never came to be. Orkney’s amazing, … Continue reading

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Out and About

Day one of two with a rented car: more expensive than a bus, faster than walking! A ten-pound note buys approximately a thimble-full of petrol here. If gasoline cost this much at home, there would be serious consequences – both … Continue reading

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Oooh, Shiny!

Another day, another rock… only this time it’s shiny! In the normal process of lifting a fairly large tipped stone in order to get it out of the way for further dirt removal, a wicked nice piece of hematite popped … Continue reading

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Rained Out

You know when you have to put on your best wet-weather gear just for the walk into town that you’re going to get the day off from digging. But you have to go through the formalities anyway. Such was today. … Continue reading

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Sun, Rain, Sun

After last night’s rains we enjoyed a brilliant, crystal-clear morning of sunshine and warm temperatures. The bright light, though, makes it difficult to see subtle changes in soil color, and the rain likewise changes the feel of the dirt, and … Continue reading

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