I could probably radiocarbon date how long I’ve been an archaeologist, which is a rather scary thought.
I think of myself as embracing both the academic and commercial disciplines, although uncharitable types might suggest that I just can’t make my mind up whether to do fieldwork or pure research!
After working for a number of commercial units, more recently (partly because certain parts of me started to wear away and threaten to fall off) I have mainly been exercising the grey matter rather than muscles. I recently finished a large AHRC-funded project at the University of Wales on the Atlantic Bronze Age.
I will shortly return to academia on another big project, based at Reading University, researching prehistoric grave goods, so I’m unlikely to lose much weight any time soon.
I cannot wait to return to the Ness for a third season and be reunited with so many wonderful people and, in particular, the Structure Eight posse.
Despite working on some of the most complex, deeply stratified sites in the world, the Ness of Brodgar complex still remains the biggest head-scratcher of them all. It is simply a unique challenge and being part of the team is the most exhilarating experience – especially when the wind is getting up and the rain is coming down!