It’s not all glamour and treasure.

Well since the end of my amaza-site, I have had nothing but blank eval trenches. How the ups come down.

Over the last two and a half weeks I have completed 3 jobs and spent a lot of time in the office writing those reports. In fact it’s probably taken me longer to write the reports up than it took to complete the dig.

First job, got sent to the city of broken dreams (we all have that one place we vowed never to set foot in again. I got sent back to mine)… I went down to take over a colleagues site, he was moving house and needed to not ‘be away’

I arrived and 5/12 trenches had been completed, 4 more were blank and 3 were left to finish, a couple of days down in that pit of a city and the deed was done. Get back up to the office with a couple of days left to spare in the week and I had to stay in doors. Sad times.

Second job, get sent to the city of broken dreams again! Turns out these two eval jobs came as a sort of joint package because they want to build two schools next to each other. Off I go with two other people to do 250m of trenching.

Bish bash bosh, 2 fulls days and then a couple of hours on the third and we’re off again, out of 5 trenches I had two with archaeology in. What’s going on!? I get back to the office with days of the week to spare yet again and I have to be in doors.

This morning I head off for another away job, this time in the beautiful little town of Wall. I was meant to be there for two days. 4 hours on site, 3 test pits and a lot of phone calls later, jobs done, recorded, kit back in the van and back home for 4:30. Now got to spend the rest of the week in the office. Still writing reports.

The fickle life of an archaeologist.

From an amazing site and spending all my days out doors. To the odd days here and there out on site with blank trenches and becoming a computer jockey.

On the upside, come October 12th I’m going back to my amaza-site to complete phase 2. Bring back the barrows and Saxons.

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