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Lunchtime Lowdown

Cloudbursts and Audio-Visual Archaeology

Archaeologists sometimes love rain. The hot dry weather of the last few days meant that features became hard to spot as the ground cracked and turned to dust. After today’s damp start, however, features are suddenly popping up all over the place. We will, as usual, bring you the full low down on what we have discovered this evening as part of our Daily Dig report (you can read yesterdays here).

In the meantime, we have a bit of audio-visual archaeology for you, with a classic video featuring dig director Professor John Hines talking about the 2008 excavation of the manor:

+Matt Nicholas

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About Matt Nicholas

Hello, my name is Matt Nicholas and I'm an archaeologist. I recently finished a PhD at Cardiff University on the analysis of early Anglo-Saxon non-ferrous metals excavated from a group of cemeteries in Suffolk. I grew up in a town called Worksop in North Nottinghamshire. With sites like Creswell Crags and Roche Abbey on my doorstep becoming an archaeologist was an occupational hazard of childhood. I was lucky enough to get my first job excavating an Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Whitby Abbey before studying for a BSc in Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford (2000-4). After my undergraduate studies I worked in commercial archaeology for a few years (in locations from Suffolk to Sudan) before studying for an MSc in the Technology and Analysis of Archaeological Material at UCL (2007-8). I then proceeded to spend two years employed at the Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford (where I didn't stab myself with a poisoned arrow and only broke one object). I don’t like pickled beetroot. All posts, comments etc. represent my own personal musings, and are not representative of any past or current professional affiliations.

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