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Testing QTM

This is a post to test the Open Source offline capable blog app., QTM, which I have installed on my Ubuntu laptop. It works!

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Site Clearance (just about!) Completed

A belated thank you to all the volunteers who came out in some very cold weather to help complete the clearance of the site. Just as important was the clearance of brambles and scrub to provide easier access for visitors and volunteers to the site from the main body of the nature reserve. Malcolm Emery, […]

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Leonard Morris’s Live Bullet handed in to police

Last year, on a site visit, I found what I thought might have been a WWII live bullet. But when it was pointed out to me that it may be both dangerous and even illegal to possess I decided it was time to hand it in to the police. Before doing so I recorded it […]

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Snow cancelled clearance

Just catching up on a post I meant to write a while back – the day after I surveyed the site in the snow. Whilst the site itself was only covered in a shallow few inches of snow, the snow on the Juggs Road (Drove Avenue) just on the northern side of the ridge leading […]

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Upcoming Events

Here I am making public the dates of my forthcoming volunteer dig days! The next three days are: We work on site every Friday and Sunday, 10am-4pm, from April to December 2013. Volunteers and other visitors are most welcome. We meet at the Falmer Road Car Park, Woodingdean (just N of the junction with Bexhill […]

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“Drawing The Purpose”

I just found this inspiring webpage: Drawing Archaeology, by Helen Wickstead. It is a very good essay on the difference between looking and seeing – and how seeing involves interpretation, which is enabled by means of practical experience.

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Revised Excavation Plan

Detailing my archaeological plans, trench by trench, has enabled me to realise just how much work will be involved in order to better understand how the cottage may have functioned: Find NE corner of garden boundary wall (1x1m trench on corner & extend if required to max 2x2m) Find S boundary wall junction; including corner […]

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Dancing in Public!

It is (almost) always a good idea as part of a planning process to review and revise – flexible planning! English Heritage‘s MoRPHE planning process recognises this, which I like very much. But I have had problems trying to follow their product based planning, based on the PRINCE2 project planning methodology. English Heritage’s MoRPHE planning […]

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Lots of Good News!

Another hurdle has been cleared! Smiths Gore, who manage Brighton & Hove City Council’s farmland portfolio (including Castle Hill Nature Reserve), have obtained formal permission for me to go ahead with my excavation project. There is now only one more permission to be obtained – namely that of being able to dig on a nature […]

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Excavation Routine

Time Team get a lot done in just 3 days – but they are professionals, and they know what they are doing. Their routines are just that – routine. What we see is really just the tip of a very efficient iceberg. I found a guide to this archaeological routine in a publication by the […]