Thanks for the diary, Trevor. it's been very interesting. I hope if
you're not going to be so involved that cmsmrps will continue to have
a presence on the list - the occasional postings have also been
interesting. Hope the grandbirth goes well
I had a mentally stimulating but physically relaxing afternoon as a
visitor at the Marcham Roman dig
http://www.arch.ox.ac.uk/research/research_projects/marcham , now
increasingly becoming Iron Age and Bronze Age as well.
At 19:04 20/07/2008, Trevor Dunkerley wrote:
>Well, we made it. The end of National Archaeology Week 2008 in North
>Devon. We had 81 visitors to the site today with further children
>anxious to excavate making a total for the week after a slow start
>of 336 visitors - and are we exhausted!
>What has been extremely gratifying this year has been the number of
>persons visiting the site for the first time from the village of
>Combe Martin. Last year with it being so very wet on the 5 days we
>were open, we were mainly visited by holiday makers looking for wet
>This year has been more about local North Devon folk 'claiming'
>their own heritage and history, and for a local community
>archaeology initiative, this week has been tremendously successful.
>Thank you British Archaeology for allowing us once more to participate.
>This year is also something of a 'swan song' for myself. Having
>organised the event for the last 3 years, I feel the time is right
>now to hand over to someone else. Nearing my 69th birthday I feel
>that I wish to start really enjoying my retirement with my family.
>We have a granddaughter of 18months, and another grandchild due to
>be born within the next few days. It is clear where my
>responsibilities now lie.
>The excavations in Combe Martin which I commenced 12 years ago will
>continue, but over the next few years my own role will lessen as
>others who I have trained will take over. I have ensured that they
>have all 'claimed' it as their site, and I am sure that the very
>high standard of excavation and recording will continue. My role
>over the next 2 years will be to write up the reports.
>I am sure that there are those on this cline who will be delighted
>to see my departure to a silent 'watcher' of discussion on Britarch.
>However, there are so many who have made my membership of this list
>such a rich experience, and I am thinking of persons like Chris
>Cumberpatch, Paul Blinkhorn and others who have taught me so much. I
>will be delighted in future to press the delete button on issues
>raised by protagonists like Paul B, Steve and one or two other.
>Thank you for the experience.
>http://www.cmsmrps.org.uk - a community archaeology initiative.