Welcome to the Teffont Archaeology Project blog! Each month we hear from one of our team, who tell us a bit about themselves and their thoughts on their time at Teffont.
Dig director David tells us about the difficulties of finding suitable accommodation for an excavation team. Nowadays its a little more upmarket than the campsite of the early seasons!
The first blog of 2019 is brought to us by Ruby. She reminisces about her first Teffont experience in 2012, and reflects on how over the years Teffont has helped her to rediscover her love of Archaeology.
Ever wondered what the landowner thinks of the archaeological flurry that has arrived on his land most years this past decade? Richard gives us a landowner's perspective on the project.
This month Sophy tells us what she’s gained through participating in the Teffont project: the chance to meet a diverse range of people, the opportunity to get out of the lab and back into the field, and vital life skills such as knowing the best way to chase cows out of a trench...
July’s blog comes courtesy of Clare R, the project’s zooarchaeologist. She tells us about teaching students to identify animal bones at Teffont (hands up if you can remember how to tell animal teeth apart!?), the discovery of a not-so-Roman calf, and how analsysis of the zooarchaeology assemblage each year gradually makes Teffont yield some of its secrets…
This month Beccy takes us on a tour of post-ex, from finds processing on site through to completion of reports by the specialists, whilst not forgetting the vital importance of making sure there’s plenty of tea and cake!
“It is possible to answer the question of ‘did you find anything?’ with a list of discovered ceramics, but conversations become so much more elaborate after name-dropping a cheeky sacred grove or two.” This month James considers how we translate archaeological findings into compelling stories.
Rob writes about his experience with the Teffont Archaeology project (especially the times he remembered to turn up!), and how through his participation in the project he has combined his two passions of teaching and archaeology.
This month we get a very different perspective from Clare, whose varied role in the project still defies a name! Within her remit lies everything from ensuring there’s kitchen equipment to organising social events. She takes us through the logistics involved in maintaining the camp and feeding the archaeological workforce, as well as musing on what continues to make Teffont a special place today.
Our first blog of 2018 is from Mike. He writes about how working in commercial archaeology compares to excavating at Teffont and the importance of using archaeology to tell stories about the past.
Alyson writes about her excavation experience at Teffont, her involvement recording the project's small finds, and the perils of undertaking field survey around hungry sheep.
This month's blog is brought to us by Jonathan. He writes about how archaeology has changed over the years and how he became involved in the Teffont Archaeology Project, as well as offering a unique insight into the project's future potential.