So you’re heading off for an excavation. Your trowel is polished. Your boots are in the bag. Your sleeping bag is all rolled up. You’re trying to cram in all your fave archaeology summer reads.
And in the midst of all the excitement, you forget something essential. Here’s three things not to leave behind:
1. Head torch
For those moments when you are stumbling back from the pub (or in our case, the Wattle and Daub) and need your hands free to open your tent/untie your shoes/detach yourself from everyone else’s guy ropes… So make like Tom Hiddleston and remember: your head torch will be your best friend in the darkness.
2. Kneeling pad
Let’s be honest, kneeling on the ground for long periods of time whilst digging is never going to be comfortable. A kneeling pad will save your knees (and makes a lovely makeshift seat when the ground is damp). Oh, and the more stylish the better.
3. Woolly Jumper (stripes optional but recommended)
Because no archaeologist feels complete without one. And if you’re on site on 19th July, don’t forget it’s that stalwart of the archaeologist’s social calender: Stripy Jumper Day in honour of Mick Aston!
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