Is that the time?

Blimey…  is it really 7pm!  Shows that time flies when you are having fun.

I managed to get back on track and get going on the heatmap of bullet holes on a church in Haddington.  ( see the middle section below.  )  the white area is repair afterwards…  hence no damage.   This was part of an art project with the Peter Potter gallery called CSI Haddington.  the Siege took place in the 1540s, and was known as the rough wooing of Scotland by Hentry VIII.  nice…  just pop along and shoot the place up a bit!

St Mary's Haddington Heatmap of bullet strikes

St Mary’s Haddington Heatmap of bullet strikes

To read about this remarkable and often forgotten episode – read here :   don’t worry – it is all true!

The bullet mapping project allowed us to locate where fire was coming from and where it was directed.  suddenly the fun is tempered with the realisation that this is real…  this is war.   and not long ago I was in another place…  in Syria, to be precise I was visiting the Krac des Chevalier.  In 1548 there was a terrible destruction, where property and people were destroyed for a war that was unwinnable by either side and with only misery as an outcome.   now in 2013 in Syria I watch this video and feel compelled to share this.   shocking – destruction – people and places.    I had walked this wall, had eaten and chatted with a cafe owner…  now?

Archaeologists sometimes have to have a stance.

Well…  what do you say?    you soon become glad you are where you are and not there…  a day for us?



point that trench!

But I do have to consider the next part of the day, and I have some evaluation trenches to carry out on Monday – here is a handy hint.   geolocate your trenches and then use points to mark their ends.   upload this to GPS with the points numbered 1 – 1a  2 – 2a   and you are able to move to the right location to pop in your canes before the big yellow trowel begins it’s work.   –  For non UK archs…  this is a large backhoe with a 1.2 m wide smooth bladed ditching bucket used to evaluate the potential for archaeology.   hard work I can tell you.   clean the base, leave to weather…  watch for the slightest sign of archaeology.   better not rain!

Into the past with the Amisfield Pineapple house - A training dream

Into the past with the Amisfield Pineapple house – A training dream

In between some nice archaeology preparation and art, I manage to fit in the creation of the Amisfield Walled Garden members Database – I have been meaning to do this for a week.  but this was the perfect opportunity to actually do it…  so thanks people!  I am a Director on the Trust and it is an amazing 8 acre walled garden built in teh 1780s, with my own personal archaeology goldmine.   A vinery pinery…    a site that I have been using as training and public fun for three years now .    This is archaeology that anyone can dig.

A Bit of writing.

All this draing and databasing makes me a bit ready to do the thing I despise….  write.

And so I finish a small page article about Skills Passport – it will happen!  I promise.

The Archaeological Skills Passport is a record of practical training that you will receive during at least in the early stages of your career. As an archaeologist many of the skills that you will develop will comes via practical experience gained on fieldwork projects or through work in archives, museums and laboratories.

The Archaeological Skills Passport has been designed to document development as an archaeologist as each new skill has been gained and to view gaps in the skill set that can be addressed by seeking training in that area.

I then crack on with an article that I write once a month for the local paper.  Part 12.  the Normans are coming.  When I do these articles, I learn so much about my own histories that it is a joy to do this.  For example today I learned the origins of the troubles in Scotland from the 11th century onwards.

In 1072, William I of England rode north and forced Malcolm III  to sign the Treaty of Abernethy. In return for swearing allegiance to William, Malcolm was to be given estates in Cumbria. The peace secured by the treaty was an uneasy one and in 1093 Malcolm once again invaded northern England. An arranged meeting with the new King of England, William Rufus, to settle a dispute over the Cumbrian territories failed to materialise. Malcolm left for Scotland angry and humiliated.

He returned to England shortly after with an army and laid waste to Northumberland. On his way back to Scotland he was attacked by the Earl of Northumbria. At the Battle of Alnwick, Malcolm was killed.  The way is open for the Normans!     These guys were Vikigns that did not just steal your sheep and gold.  they took your whole kingdom by one way or another…

While this is happening my printer chunders out the 2012 report for Whitecastle.  –  to learn more about these sites…  and even read about them  :

A bit on me time

I get to quickly write another article on the Mesolithic hut build based on the Mount Sandel site in Ireland – Maggie edits and asks questions about my jilted missing bits style of writing…  just as well she can’t see this!

I have a chat with a friend up north about a survey course I will run in October and then have a great laugh with a friend in a large company.  ah, sometimes commercial archaeology just makes you laugh, and the consultants make you cry !

I promise to see about asking about some work opportunities …  it is a pleasant 30mns that leaves my face aching with laughter!

Now…  where was I

The cuppa tea is now a glass of wine..  and I have some digital work to do.   –  the Version 3 google map has to replace my current contractor map.   And it is going to be good.   no really!  this time…  I will not be distracted.