Well the summer has been and almost gone and it has been really busy.I had the Post Medieval module to study from June which I found very interesting. The problem however, was that I also work full time and needed to fit in: 1. Our holidays and 2. A field school; not to mention being on call from work for the week leading up to essay submission. This module had to be very carefully time managed!
Our holidays entailed back to back cruises. The first was to the Adriatic including, Venice, Kotor, Koper,Dubrovnik and Split and the second was Athens, Mykonos, Olympia, Chania. These were fantastic cruises which my wife and I will remember forever.
Louise and I in front of the temple of Zeus at Olympia.
During this holiday I managed to, not only keep up with my studies but also to get in front, which would be very beneficial in the weeks to come. In July I undertook a BERT (basic excavation and recording training) course at SHARP (Sedgeford Historical and Archaeological Research Project) in Norfolk. This was a fantastic course with superb people. We all gelled immediately and were made very welcome by the SHARP regulars. My learning outcomes were achieved and I definitely recommend SHARP to anyone.
Week three BERT course with me holding the late Neolithic arrowhead I had just excavated.
I am now preparing for my next module, Interpreting Archaeological Evidence but, next week we have a late summer cruise to the south of France and Spain to look forward to which includes a visit to a museum of underwater archaeology! Until next time, best wishes, Mark.