Sometimes you start to understand the meaning of life, the universe and everything. You realise that it is standing in a field, in the sun, with happy people, discussing everything from how to eat a banana politely to 4th century AD incursions and Pictish identity. For yes, the stresses and strains of commercial archaeology and the imperative to mitigate are lost when you are actually doing archaeology with people who want to do archaeology on land that contains archaeology and you are finding archaeology.
The day was a hot one (for Scotland) and the whole place was sprayed almost constantly in order to see what on earth was going on. The ditches are massive and the lines of palisades are so easy to recognise, and now iron age pottery and flint flakes are starting to appear, what more can you want. Well in a nutshell – very little.
Training is coming along and the planning, section drawing, survey, photography and excavation skills are definitely enjoyable when done at a pace that suits everyone and everyone wants to learn/
The idea of enjoying archaeology and adding to the overall record is a lovely feeling for me and although my nose now looks like Rudolph – I am as happy as can be.
The one interesting aspect of the day was indeed the training, where people took it at their own speed, but using the new Skills Passport, we had a structured framework to fit into.
Anyway, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here is the day in images Welcome to Rampart Scotland and Sheriffside 2014