This is my first post, just to let you know that we’re up and running. If you’re interested in knowing what’s going on at Northamptonshire PAS as it happens, please come back here regularly. And for those of you who wonder what I actually do all day…you’ll find the answer here (providing I get time to update it!)
So what have I been up to this last few weeks?
Well, a few weeks back I was at English Heritage’s Festival of History at Kelmarsh Hall. Together with a number of other FLOs and Finds Advisors from around the country, I was helping to promote the PAS and the work we do, talking in particular about some of the constructive work that has been achieved when archaeologists have worked together with metal detectorists and other members of local communities. Over the weekend (two ten-hour days) we managed to talk to over 1400 people, including a lot of children, and hopefully we’ve planted a few seeds in the minds of the younger generation. In recent weeks I’ve also done a few talks for local groups from different demographics, which went well, and hopefully we’re managing to spread the message far and wide.
The following weekend (as the eagle-eyed amongst you might have spotted), myself and a few other FLOs were recording finds at the Durobrivae metal detecting rally near Peterborough. If you squinted at the One Show for long enough you may have seen the back of my head. Anyway, it was hard work, but we managed to record a fair bit of material, and met a lot of detectorists and enthusiasts from around the country.
This last week I’ve been involved in more direct publicity work, with a double-page spread in Thursday’s Northampton Chronicle and Echo, and a smaller article in East Northamptonshire’s Nene Valley News. It’s all aimed at letting as many people as possible know that I’m here to help.
I’ve also just had a datasheet published for the Finds Research Group. This is a typology (a scheme for classifying and dating) bone and antler combs from the early medieval and medieval periods, and I hope that it will be used by archaeologists (diggers and FLOs alike) whenever they record these sorts of objects. This is my real area of geekiness; believe it or not I’m one of a very small group of European medieval hair comb specialists, so if you have any pieces at home, I’d love to see them!
I’m also working closely with some local community projects, and of course have lots of finds to record. In particular, there are piles of medieval coins that I’ve just started to look at, and which I hope will start to appear as database records fairly soon.
This weekend I’ll be running a Finds Surgery at Wellingborough Museum as part of Heritage Week (Sunday 9th September, 10-3pm).
Oh, and of course at the moment I’m revelling in the bizarre period of success currently being enjoyed by Coventry City FC. And bemoaning England’s failure to put together a decent back row in advance of what is actually quite a big competition coming up this month.
That’s it! Keep checking back.