Archaeology, Archaeology Research

Success in Huttenberg

Well, I say Huttenberg, but to be honest I think I visited the village once! The trip to Austria went really well. Not only did I have an absolutely fantastic time in a beautiful country eating fantastic food and drinking suprisingly nice beer (I am not a beer drinker normally!) but the site... the material… Continue reading Success in Huttenberg

Archaeology, Archaeology Research

To Huttenberg, and beyond!

Well it's been a busy couple of days here! Things have been a little stressful with the analysis of the Crosby Garret Roman cavalry parade/sports helmet. Not allowed to say much about that unfortunately, but will hopefully update at some point in the distant future after the sale and everything has settled down. The analysis… Continue reading To Huttenberg, and beyond!

Archaeology, Archaeology Research

pXRF of a Roman parade helmet

Just a quick preliminary post on work I hope to undertake next week - taking the Institute's portable XRF machine out to take a peek at this beautiful Roman period military parade helmet. I don't have any pictures yet, because the ones I've seen are all copyright of Christie's who are the auctioneer, but it's… Continue reading pXRF of a Roman parade helmet

Archaeology, Archaeology Research, Reading, Writing

Literature Reviews

So in my continuing quest to better understand the literature review process, I've been reading Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates by Wallace and Wray (2006). I'm not going to do a review, but suffice to say it's a good book. It's actually pretty complex, and delivers more than the title might promise. I'm still… Continue reading Literature Reviews

Archaeology, Archaeology Research, Reading, Research, Writing

How to do a Literature Review – Lectures on YouTube

I don't know why I was surprised to find so many videos about how to do literature reviews on YouTube. Following my first year review, I'm having to focus on this so I thought I'd see what other people have to say. I, like many graduate students, hate doing literature reviews. From what I've noted… Continue reading How to do a Literature Review – Lectures on YouTube

Archaeology, Archaeology Research

Sampling Blooms from Austria

Today I sampled some bloom pieces that make up part of a small set of debris sent to me by Brigitte Cech, an independant archaeological researcher working on the Ferrum Noricum sites. Brigitte was pretty sure this was likely to be a Roman site, so she had a look using a metal detector and a… Continue reading Sampling Blooms from Austria

Archaeology, Archaeology Research

Journal TOC Project, and updates

Life has been realtively quiet at Finds and Features over the Easter break, not least because my university has been completely closed for around a week (even the libraries!). Twitter is prooving increddibly useful at the moment. Not only did I note the 'colateral murder' video turning up in my Twitter stream before it hit… Continue reading Journal TOC Project, and updates

Archaeology, Archaeology Research

Iron ore reduction in a bloomery furnace – part 3

Well it looks like I've wrapped up the first draft of my iron smelting chemistry and processes piece and sent it off to my supervisors. It's not the literature review they hoped for, but I figure this way I won't have to explain anything when I talk about why this paper is ground-breaking or that… Continue reading Iron ore reduction in a bloomery furnace – part 3

Archaeology, Archaeology Research

Why do I study iron?

I've been doing some reading in an attempt to wrap up my piece on iron smelting chemistry and processes, and I was thinking about why iron is such an interesting subject to study. I think it probably comes down to the juxtaposition between incredible utility and practicality of the metal, and the sheer difficulty and… Continue reading Why do I study iron?