When I first got the email inviting me to talk at the Maidstone AA Group, I thought it must be an aggressive new technique designed to shock high functioning alcoholics out of denial. But ‘AA’ actually stands for ‘Archaeological Area’, and reading further I realized that the Maidstone Group were recruiting speakers for their meeting – held monthly at the Kent Police College. Read more
Nominated for a heritage award and scooped second place for my lecture - Recently reported road deaths on the N6: 3500 BC to 1500 AD - a synthesis of work undertaken on various cemetery sites as part of the N6 Galway to Ballinasloe road scheme. Chris Yates of the Southwest Maritime Archaeology Group took the top honours, speaking on 'Bronze Age Trade in Copper – Evidence from a Maritime Environment', and Chantel Summerfield won the under thirties category with 'The archaeology of soldier’s identity in the twentieth century, uncovered through a comparison of arborglyphs'.
Like radio four, meals on wheels, incontinence pants and a flair for shuffling, archaeology is something people only ‘get’ once they grow old. Look around at an average week night archaeology talk, and most of the crowd look like they were dug up in Spitalfields in ’96.