Preparing for a new adventure

As I think about the course in Archaeology a few things come to mind.

There will be more books to be read (bet you didn’t see that coming). These will be both about the core and on the edges of the subject. I always find the edges at least as interesting as the core subject. Take the history of digging for buried treasure, excuse me, artifacts of scientific interest. Gone are the days when you went off to some hot place and hired a few locals to see if you could dig up a king or two. Perhaps a whole lost city if you were lucky. Now, its more scientific and in some ways more brutal. Take the robbery in North Africa. Both factions were fighting for the town at the time and a team (from one side or another or perhaps someone else hired for the job) went into the war zone and blew the museum. Apart from gems and priceless statues, I seem to remember some 7000 coins were taken. Only 7000 you say? The last one on the open market went for approx €300,000 if I remember correctly. Anyway – more shelves needed for this thought.

The other thought is that I wish I lived somewhere warmer and drier. Yes, drier would be good. Specially when you may spend a good part of your life in a hole in a field. Nevermind another reason for holidays, excuse me, trips of significant interest.

 

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2 responses to “Preparing for a new adventure

  1. On a related subject – I am desperate to buy a metal detector. I have this wonderful image of myself drifting along the beach at dusk hunting for buried treasure (and probably merely finding my body weight in ringpulls and jam jar lids). Are these still fashionable in archaeological circles? Do you know anything about them? By the by congratulations on your acceptance to university.

  2. There have been coin finds (sometimes in the hundreds), but make sure its legal. By all means go for it, but try dawn, not dusk. Then quietly over the day make some 30 small sandcastles with the diggings so as not to attract unwanted attention. Check the tides too. Now that I think of it can “Unexploaded sea mine” signs still be got?
    To be honest, you will need to look at local history and strip back the landscape to that time – were there woods, old castles, etc.? Then think like a hoarder – where could a personal treasure be easily hidden and easily retreived without too much local interest? It does narrow it down somewhat. Beech finds sometimes happen, but as often as not it is because the beech has moved in over the ground over time. Armada and other washups may also be there on less frequented beeches. From the outset it has to be decided that the looking is enjoyable, rather than the finding (or as well as if we get lucky). Yep, metal detectors are good for specific finds, but from an archaeology point of view, so is everything else you find on the way down. Cant remember who said it but Archaeology is Rubbish. The course I was accepted for (and thanks for the congrats) uses an array of high tech equipment and is under the school of Engineering. Hopefully some James Bond stuff.

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