This morning, you got mildly excited when you passed a roadworks hole on the way to work and right now the only thing you want to do is excavate a tub of ice cream with a trowel while bingewatching Time Team (seriously, when are Ben & Jerry’s going to start making an archaeology themed one with salted-caramel-and-mid-brown-chocolate-layers-with-marshmallow-inclusions-and-tiny-honeycomb-amphorae?)
Sorry to be the one to break it to you, but it sounds like you’ve got the post-dig blues – that yearning to be back out in the open doing more archaeology. Here’s what to do when you find yourself (or your friend) starting to show the telltale signs. Please, for your own sake, take our advice and don’t leave it too late…
Or else you might find yourself putting stuff you find down the back of the sofa into small plastic bags, trying to make holes in the floor or – worse – going through your neighbour’s rubbish.
You’re only going to spend your entire evening Facebook-stalking any archaeology friends you have who are still in the field anyway. Go on! Out with you!
Ah yes, it’s eleven a.m. and you’re craving one of those fresh bacon sarnies that felt so well-deserved after a morning in the trench. But just because it’s what you did on site, doesn’t mean it’s good offsite. Filling that proverbial hole isn’t ok unless you’ve actually been digging one…
They’ll be fascinated when you point out that those various shades of brown are a row of postholes you excavated will they? No, you need to be around like-minded people for that kind of thing. But then again… those stunning location shots you took, and those amusing ones of you posing with your trench buddies are worth an airing, surely?
If you keep moping about how much you wish you were back out in the field like this, your friends will probably buy one for you anyway, so that you can cuddle it at night and use it to soak up all your midnight archaeology tears… so they don’t have to.
Seriously, if you’re starting to feel the itch, it’s time to start looking out for digs near you, sign up for one and give yourself something to look forward to.
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