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Daily Dig 2011

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Bushy beards, crusty jugglers. Oh and one hell of a dig experience!

Today we bring you another retrospective post. Lucy Harries is a second year undergraduate at Cardiff University and, despite initial attempts to avoid digging, she found her way to Cosmeston where she learnt to love the excavation lifestyle:  So, it has now been a week since life at Cosmeston, and the majority of diggers have … Continue reading

Backfilling: heartfelt sadness and Ragnarök

The 2011 excavations at Cosmeston ended last week. With impressive archaeology and fantastic finds, this season was an amazing success. When we finish the dig we reinstate the land so people can continue to enjoy the field (which is regularly used for events hosted by the village) without falling into a big hole. Today we bring you … Continue reading

Do It Now! Kill Me, I’m Here, Do It! Also, Biscuits.

We are nearing the end of our dig, but fear not! This does not mean the end of blogging, as we shall continue throughout the year to bring you the latest post excavation news and interpretations from Cosmeston. In the meantime, the dig isn’t over yet! Today we bring a blog by Tom Durbin, first year … Continue reading

Cheese, Archaeological Mice & Amy’s Kitchen

Amy’s previous blog on the site kitchen was hugely popular. We are pleased therefore to bring you an update, along with the exclusive recipe for Supervisor Scott’s Tagine: The last week in the kitchen is going to be interesting. Making sure there is enough food for the masses and also that there is very little left over … Continue reading

Limpin’ Limpets & Other Stories

And should the strongest arm endeavour, The limpet from its rock to sever, Tis seen its loved support to clasp, With such tenacity of grasp, We wonder that such strength should dwell, In such a small and simple shell, (Wordsworth) On childhood holidays limpets fascinated; that these small, extraordinarily tough things were creatures seemed incredible. … Continue reading

For the Love of Clay

Jonathon Madge, a second year undergraduate digging at Cosmeston for the second year, loves clay and and King Arthur. He has long sought a way of combining the two, and today he achieves just that in his blog: Hi my name is Jonathan Madge and I hereby declare this day, ‘Clay Day’. In the North-East … Continue reading

Yippei-kai-ey mother-f*****’: An Ethnographic Study of Excavation Theatre

Working on site is not just about the singular relationship betwixt person, trowel and archaeological context, for sites are complex social organisms. Like a band of warriors deep in foreign territory, bonds are formed as the group faces adversity (rain, people walking over a freshly towelled surface etc.). With these connections develop distinctive sub cultures, … Continue reading

Post-med archaeology: it ain’t all rubbish

We are now well into the third week of the excavation and, to some people’s frustration, we are still excavating post-medieval features. The site is presented as a ‘Medieval Village’ and Cosmeston was certainly a medieval settlement, but the site did not disappear after the black death, rather it continued and developed into a prosperous … Continue reading

Survivors, Transformers and a coin thingy

Sunday was the second day of our Getting Medieval open day. With glorious sunshine and over 800 visitors the day was a wonderful success. One of the Cardiff University undergraduate students digging on site, Rob Barret, is an expert videographer. As part of his site report Rob is producing a movie of the 2011 season (we will bring you the exclusive premier of … Continue reading

Crazy Shapes, Brave New Worlds; and remember kids, don’t do drugs

Our week begins on Saturday. Today we introduce you to Matt Austin, site supervisor, occasional commercial archaeologist and recent recipient of a 1st class BA honours degree from Cardiff University (congratulations Matt!). Matt is the source of many words of wisdom on site and a keen cyclist: Our one day weekend was spent with hangovers of varying severity after Thursday night’s … Continue reading

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