Time Team Dig Village – Interim Report Launch

Since 2012, I’ve had the good fortune to be involved with the Time Team Dig Village project, currently running down at Dunster in Somerset. You’ve no doubt seen the pictures and posts that periodically show on my little used social media sites when an event is taking place.

While the project is still ongoing, there comes a time at which an interim report is needed to let everyone know what the latest findings are. Ideally it needs to satisfy both the professional archaeologist(s), plus, be readable by the general public so that they can easily understand the content without having to know too much about archaeology itself.

Down in Dunster this last weekend (26th January 2019), that interim report was launched. Sufficient copies were printed to be able to freely distribute it locally to those who are involved in the project, plus some copies for the necessary archaeological records. I’ll amend this post in due course since the intention is to make a PDF of the report freely available online for anyone to look at. I’ll post that link once it’s available,

While the project continues, it was really great to see the culmination of several years work make up the content of the report. We held the launch in the local Dunster Museum. A small video of the event can be seen here.

I’ve really enjoyed working as part of this project, it’s been both rewarding and educational. Long may it continue!

Mark.

January 2nd pre dawn sky

This morning the temperature dropped quite significantly. Which meant I was back on the normal winter duties of de-icing the cars. Hardly something that appeals, but this morning, the pre dawn sky had something pretty spectacular on offer. Low in the South East a slim crescent moon can be seen next to an astonishingly bright Venus. I’ll check again tomorrow, and a little later too since Jupiter should also be seen lower on the horizon.

If you’ve time, it’s worth a look. Here’s a snap taken with the phone. One day I’ll get a decent astrophotography setup in place.

Mark.

Musings for 2019.

Well yes, it’s been rather quiet on here. But at the same time 2018 was quite some year to take in. And I’m not sure I coped very well with it. The subject of news, or rather fake news, and all that that drives into society will no doubt feature in some future post that I feel I must write, since in my view, we’re already well down a very slippery slope….

Nevertheless a lot of good things happened (for me at least), one of which is the decision to largely withdraw from Facebook. At some point, it’s highly likely I will deactivate and then delete my FB account. The reasons for doing this will I’m sure be obvious to many, but in short, I simply do not trust FB any more. True, that could be said for many other organisations, but the latest revelation that contents of private messages were made available to other companies was the final straw.

There is a growing trend now to get back to your own ‘personal’ space on the internet, one where the individual has the control. I’ve had this WordPress site for some time now, and it’s my intention to keep it far more up to date. There will be more categories covering my interests so it’s easy to avoid any content that may not be of interest. And more than likely what I guess I’d call a ‘rant’ category where I’ll make it clear where I stand on the whatever is the hot topic of the day!

I’ll still be using Twitter for the short(er) updates, but here is where you’ll find a little more. It’s likely I’ll stop posting to Instagram too, so expect to see more photographs here too.

So, it’s time for me to freshen up the site, and prepare to start making it a little busier 🙂

Mark.