Sorry for the prolonged silence, I was on holiday (believe it or not). Nowhere exciting, just popped back home and then went excavating for a week in Wales. Unfortunately I am not allowed to discuss the excavation due to issues with funding and press releases but suffice to say it was very interesting and I was very disappointed only to be able to spend a week there. Anyway, here's a photo of some mountains.
In other news the A Town Unearthed Project is beginning to wrap up. We've done another 2 test pits but sadly have had no further archaeological finds, though all the information we collect helps build up a bigger picture of Folkestone and it's archaeology (or lack there of!). I've been arranging, with the help of Marion our Educational Officer at the Trust, to do a series of pits in a local primary school along with some afternoon activity sessions and presentations. More on that in my next post.
Anyway here's a photo of my volunteers doing a collective section drawing (I am maintaining my commitment to making volunteers have a go at all aspects of archaeological fieldwork!):
I have also been doing some reading of archaeology journals, mostly Public Archaeology, on community archaeology to attempt to keep myself up-to-date with projects and thoughts on the subject. One day I will make it to the university library and spend some time in the archaeology section but for now I'm just raiding the Trust's collection. I've also been attempting to collect together my evidence for my NVQ qualification which comes as part of the training placement; but I'm not being very successful with that! The course directive/syllabus/curriculum is a bit wordy so I have to break it down in small doses to prevent me drowning in language.
I also have my 6 month review at the beginning of next month so I will enlighten you all with a summary of my thoughts etc. then but for now I will keep you posted on the St Mary's investigation.
...to be continued....