Finally, I can sit down and write a post, although I’m not sure how long it will last before Seb gets bored of playing on his mat alone. He’s growing and developing so fast, amazing me daily. There is no doubt, things won’t ever be the same again and my own time has a complete new meaning.
The Hidden Landscapes project is due to start in September so I’ve been attempting to get things organised. This feels slow at the moment, but I’ve managed to get the website (almost) ready and also pay a few visits to an archaeological dig taking place in Letchworth over August. This has been such a brilliant opportunity to see it all in action and perfect to give me an idea of what I might take from the methods. The dig is run by Norton Community Archaeology Group and Keith, who will be helping me with my project, is running it. Everyone has been great, taking the time to talk me through things and letting me ‘hang around’ and take photos of what they are doing, even though they are on such a tight schedule of 6 weeks to get everything done that they want to. They are excavating what they believe to be a Neolithic Henge, and it’s extremely fascinating to watch as they try to piece it all together through what is an intensive and painstakingly meticulous process. There are hundreds and hundreds of finds, most no more than tiny fragments. Each bagged, numbered, position logged and ready to go on to be cleaned, photographed, drawn and assessed by an expert. Everything is done to minimise overlooking or misreading something.
I hope to get along there again before they finish and see how it turns out.
…oh, the novelty of the play mat looks to be drawing to a close so better get back to my mummy duties.