The blog name "Detritus of Empire" comes from its original incarnation, as a daily email report to the folks back home when I was away on my annual volunteer stint excavating at the site of a former Roman fort/community in England.
I am signed up again for 2013.
Last year was my fifth time over, and in some ways not the most fun one. Dreadful, dreary weather. Rain every single day. Heavy, slimy earth to move. Frequent scanning of the heavens to see if the day's excavations would in fact happen.
But this is part of the experience.
As I stare out the window at chilly climes I can at least revisit gentle sunny days, and some interesting finds over the years. Some of these are things I was reluctant to show at the time....there is an ongoing concern that outlaw metal detectors will sneak in at night and rummage through the excavations.
|photo credit P. Savin|
Wishing for spring, with warmth, sunshine and pints of ale..