How to Give a Site Tour

Before we gave our public site tours, the site leader (Steve Roskams) gave US a tour to tell us what to say to the public. This resulted in a video which gives you all an insight into how site tours are ran and how we talk to the public about excavation. It’s also a great way for you guys to see the site if you couldn’t make it in person! Check it out below.

Hope you enjoyed the video! If you have an questions then please let me know and I’ll be happy to answer them.

~Amy 🙂

Interviewing Students

We’re gonna do some timetravel today as this video was filmed onsite during the dig a few weeks ago. I asked some students how they were finding the dig. We talked about how it matched their expectations, how it compared to other digs and some other stuff. If you would like an insight into what it’s like to work on a dig like this then this is a good place to start!

Let me know if you have any questions for our students I will be sure to pass them and a big thank you goes to the people who helped me make this video! Thank you for letting me take you into the woods for an ‘interview’ and trust that I wasn’t going to murder you (I didn’t).

~Amy 🙂

What happens to all the finds?

This week I’m talking to Caitlin our finds officer about what happens to everything we find. From when we find it in the ground to what happens to it back at the University. She also shows us some of the cool stuff we’ve found and tells us a little about it!

Big shout out to Caitlin for helping me make this video, I think it might be my favourite one so far!

Thanks for watching!

~Amy 🙂

Excavation Timelapse

This week the video is a fun one. Not much in terms of education and heritage but visually I think it’s pretty informative about how we do things on an everyday basis. Though please bare in mind that this is just an hour and halfs work in a dig that’s taking roughly 200 hours. Also this is just one team out of nine. I think it really does demonstrate how long excavation can take and how much hard works goes into archaeology in the field! So next time you think ‘wow that’s all they did in four weeks?!’ take a second to think about this video.

That’s all for today I hope you enjoyed and I’ll see you on friday!

~Amy 🙂

Archaeology Student Q + A

I asked some of you guys on Instagram what questions you have for an Archaeology student and here are your answers! I hope you enjoy the video and if you have any other questions then please let me know. If I get enough I might make a part two. During the video I am playing with the Tiger ‘excavation kit’ which lets you pretend to excavate a dinosaur (yes I address archaeology vs paleontology in the video). It was fun at first but then I got bored and my hand started to bleed so I gave up with the small tools you get and used a hammer instead. The small one was fun though! This is in no way connected to Tiger I just thought it was a nice idea and if you want to buy one you can get it at your local ‘Flying Tiger Copenhagen’ shop.

So I take you’ve watched the video now? Great! In it I mentioned a question from Jay that went like this: ‘I’m starting next year doing Cultural Heritage Management! What’s the department like? Any hints and tips?’ and I thought this was an interesting question that needed a more in depth answer. As far as ‘hints and tips’ go I think this interactive YouTube game I made for the department last year will be helpful. You can check it out here:
https://blogs.york.ac.uk/student-voices/2019/01/20/day-life-archaeology-student/ and you can also check out my article about things to look forward to as an archaeology student here:
https://blogs.york.ac.uk/student-voices/2019/02/25/3-things-to-look-forward-to-archaeology/

I asked some of my fellow students what they think in response to this question and I got a few replies! Here a some of them:

  • ‘Get books quickly they’re gobbled up fast!’
  • ‘Your lecturers are your friends!! Get involved with what they’re up to and you’ll definitely have a great time.’
  • ‘It’s hard work, a lot of fun, go to the pub trips after lectures they’re really informative. Quite hands on. Very interesting.’
  • ‘Studying archaeology at York is one of the best things I ever chose to do. It’s not like other universities, studying at King’s Manor is so unique and refreshing to learn in.’

This is the link to the article about the hand that I mentioned in the video:
https://www.vindolanda.com/news/bronze-hand-discovery and here are the links to the reports on the Archaeology industry:
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/archaeologist
https://www.archaeologists.net/sites/default/files/Archaeological%20Market%20Survey%202017-18.pdf
https://www.archaeology.co.uk/advice/careers-in-archaeology/getting-started/how-much-do-archaeologists-earn.htm

That’s all for today. I hope you enjoyed I had a great time making this video, please leave any feedback down in the comments! See you next time,

~Amy 🙂

What to Expect from an Archaeological Dig

My first ever experience with excavation was with Newcastle University in 2016. Though I had fun I only spent two days on site and this was nowhere near enough experience to prepare me for the Vindolanda Excavations that I volunteered at in 2018. This time around, in Malton, I feel a little more prepared but I still remember how nerve-wracking starting an excavation for the first time can feel. Most people have never done anything like this before, even if you think you understand what you’re going to be doing nothing can really prepare you for life in the trench. It’ll be physically demanding, you’ll get sunburnt and rained on, you’ll spend hours cleaning the same rock but you’ll have an absolutely amazing time.

I made a video talking about all the things that I learned when I went on a dig for real. If you’re going to be starting an excavation soon and you’re not sure what to expect then this is a good place to start!

Hope you enjoy and I’ll see you on the weekend for a site update!

~Amy