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You call *this* Archaeology?

In celebration of Day of Archaeology, I, along with many archaeologists, wrote a guest blog post for their website. It contains all the great wit and silly pictures you’ve come to know and love from me (it’s just in a different place!) so please check it out here and explore some of the other great entries.

Everything is Ore-some: Prehistoric Archaeometallurgy at Butser

Last weekend I had the absolutely amazing experience attending a Prehistoric Archaeometallurgy course at Butser Ancient Farm in the South Downs of Hampshire. Much like the Terramare Park I visited in Italy last month, at Butser they’ve been building reconstructions of prehistoric houses from all periods and experimenting with various prehistoric crafts, growing past crops and rearing ancient livestock for over forty years.

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Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery (PCMAG)

http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/museumpcmag.htm/

Read about my research at Plymouth here

It’s strange that I’ve never actually visited Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery for leisure before, but with fast-approaching plans that might mean it’s closed for a while, and with items on display that I wished to gaze upon, I decided it was about time. (more…)

It’s Always Sunny In South-West England

Phew! It’s been a hot, humid couple of days! Don’t get me wrong, I like the sun as much as the next ginger person, but it’s been quite nice to step into cool museum stores and lose myself in objects over the last two days. This week I’ve been tackling the collections at Christchurch and Plymouth, which are not evenly remotely close together and I’m now beginning to appreciate why people look at me as though I’m mad when I say I’m doing the whole of South West England. (more…)

Red House Museum and Gardens (RHMG), Christchurch

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http://www3.hants.gov.uk/redhouse.htm

Read about my research at Christchurch here

The Red House Museum and Gardens (RHMG) in Christchurch, Dorset, are set within a purpose-built Georgian Workhouse. As with many of the local museums, the focus is on the history of Christchurch and the surrounding area, as well as the past functions of the building. A long room downstairs offers the more recent history, exhibiting insights into life at the Workhouse, the various industries that operated in Christchurch, and a collection of Victorian toys, with replicas to handle and play with. (more…)