Archaeology, Archaeology Research

pXRF of the Crosby Garrett Roman parade helmet

I posted previously that I would update after I had seen what is now being called the Crosby Garrett helmet. In the end, I was asked not to by the Portable Antiquities Scheme with whom I was working, because of all of the uproar surrounding the helmet. On the day I travelled to see the… Continue reading pXRF of the Crosby Garrett Roman parade helmet

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 Conferences

CFP Land and natural resources in the Roman World Conference

I've just seen a conference that I really, really want to go to. Land and natural resources in the Roman World, Brussels, 2011, May Thu. 26th – Sat. 28th. Roman Society Research Center (VUB/UGent). The topics under discussion are: The availability of natural resources Ownership and Control Organisation and modes of exploitation Exploitation and processing… Continue reading CFP Land and natural resources in the Roman World Conference

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

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?

Archaeology, Archaeology Research

New projects and anticipation!

So here at Finds and Features life's been pretty hectic. Not only do I have a bunch of deadlines, but I've just moved house! On the up side, I now have a large room in a lovely flat with lovely people, and even some shelves of my own. On the down side, all my photocopies… Continue reading New projects and anticipation!

Archaeology, Archaeology Experimental, Archaeology Research

Iron ore reduction in a bloomery furnace – part 2

I've spent a lot of hours over the last couple of days trying to express every variable of bloomery iron smelting and their complex and dependent relations. At the moment, I can't seem to do it in any way that doesn't look like a spider covered in multi-coloured ink had a seizure on my page.… Continue reading Iron ore reduction in a bloomery furnace – part 2

Archaeology, Archaeology Research

Romano-British temple hearths and cold Christian churches

I'm just reading through a 1963 article detailing the excavations at the Romano-British temple site at Brigstock, and I was struck by how much the author really doesn't want to consider that the hearths on the surface of the floors might actually be contemporary with the shrines. I wonder if it's a Christian thing? I know… Continue reading Romano-British temple hearths and cold Christian churches

Archaeology, Archaeology Research

‘The Romanisation of Rome’ – identity or just fashion?

This evening I braved intermittent snowfall and frankly cruel temperatures to visit my old haunt of Kings College London. Nicola Terrenato from Michigan University was giving a talk on The Romanisation of Rome. The Republican period is not my specialism, what with being decidedly non-British, but it was really interesting. The main thrust of the lecture… Continue reading ‘The Romanisation of Rome’ – identity or just fashion?