My good mood, that I last blogged about? It stayed! I’m just writing a quick little update now, as I’ve been off on adventures and have spent longer than I meant to uploading the resulting pictures to flickr.
Lazio was seriously warm, seriously hard work, but also really good fun. It was a very productive little bit of fieldwork that gave us some fantastic starting points for much bigger things next year. I am so pleased about the whole thing. The team I worked with couldn’t have been better: a lot of fun, no bad tempers and everyone willing to work really hard to get things not only done, but done to a high standard. We had an excellent graduate from the MSc Archaeological Geophysics programme at Bradford. I would work with him again in a heartbeat, and if all of Chris‘ students match that standard, then I’d be happy to have them along any time I can!
It was also very beautiful, when it wanted to be. It was good, it felt like coming full-circle, as six years ago I worked for Southampton University and the BSR near Roma, and spent (mis-spent?) some weekends in Nettuno! That was my first ever ‘real’ geophysics job, it was when I found out I had the PhD place… it was also about when I started blogging and using flickr more intensively, as I was away for 2 months, and wanted to stay in touch- no facebook then! At least, not unless you were at a US University. It staggers me how much has changed, in my life, and in the world since then.
I was home in Groningen for exactly 50 hours, then I went to Finland! I went to go to EAA 2012, (a big conference for archaeologists working in Europe). The people I spoke to, the papers I saw and the complex feelings I had about my career and chosen specialism are worth 3 or 4 posts on their own, that I’ll try to get to during this week and next. I met some wonderful people that I knew on twitter, but hadn’t ever managed to meet in person, ate reindeer, drank perry and went on a very good excursion to loads of different archaeological sites. I sent postcards with Moomin stamps, and fell in love with amazing stone artefacts (a bear-mace and a moose-mace) in the museum. Many silly pictures were taken.
I did take some not-silly ones too- I’m rather pleased with this one, but I wish it was from the other side where you can clearly see the huge chunk of bedrock the castle is built on! I’m feeling positive and inspired by the whole thing, even if at times it was a bit overwhelming and I had my usual ‘please ground, open up and swallow me’ moment after asking some questions in some sessions. Apparently I was very enthusiastic. I’m just going to keep hoping this remains A Good Thing ™ ’cause I am not sure I know how to be anything else. The one session I did manage to be quiet in, John Bintliff wandered up at the end and told me it wasn’t like me to be so quiet! Well!
I got home late Monday night, organised to take the Tuesday off as I knew I was burned out, then promptly succumbed to what will forever be known as ‘the cold from hell’. Those of you arriving here from my twitter posts will already know waaay too much about it as I have been vocal in my whining! I’m just about well enough for work tomorrow, which is good as there is a lot to do before my parents arrive on Friday and I take a week off to spend with them and (later) Matt! Our next fieldwork is exactly a month away, and I’ll be gone a whole month, then straight to the UK for a few days…. thankfully after that it’s just a CAA chapter meeting we are hosting and then nothing too mad until the spring! So, with all that in mind, I am going to sign off for now….. ‘night all x