Day 16

29 Aug

Sunday is marked by a huge increase in the amount of Saxon pot coming from the now Almost Definite sunken-featured building in Giles’ World of the Anglo Saxons. We now have two sherds instead of one, which represents a statistically significant increase of 100% in our Anglo Saxon pottery sherds.

Neil recovers from Saturday’s penalty travesty


Meanwhile the ditches are going down and down and the Dear Leader exhorts his team to greater effort, even resorting to digging himself. John P accurately sums this up as “leading from the front in a futile gesture” and indeed the DL soon gets bored and wanders off to point at something and scratch his chin reflectively. Everyone is cheered up by Heather J. finding a monumental piece of our gladiator Samian bowl. She takes a picture and sends it smugly to Dave G as it is bigger than his lion bit the previous week.

The Dear Leader gets down with the workers


It’s the Bank Holiday weekend but amazingly it hardly rains at all. The visitors come out in their droves. This is much needed as we still have quite a lot of merchandise left, including the tasteful Guantanamo Orange T-shirts, which thus far have not proved a great seller despite Chrissy’s modelling efforts. Peer is told that he must buy one as he is Dutch and therefore genetically disposed to like orange. The Dear Leader, meanwhile, tells his students that anyone using gladiator transfers in their essays next term will get extra marks but they remain similarly unmoved.

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4 Responses to “Day 16”

  1. Peter Freeman August 30, 2012 at 3:31 am #

    How about a picture of the Gladiator Bowl for those of us too far away to drop by and admire your finds tray? When I was there all I saw was greyware which was, well, grey. The Finds Lady though had high hopes of something more impressive, and it seems her confidence was justified.

    • bassbod September 7, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

      Peter, haven’t got a decent shot of the big lion at the moment but I’ve put some other samian stuff into day 16 (the first day 16 – not sure why day 16 happened twice)

      • Peter Freeman September 8, 2012 at 2:25 pm #

        This was found not far from the amphitheatre, so perhaps there was a stall nearby selling Venta Games souvenirs (“Keyrings!! Orange tunics!! Samian!!) on special Lions vs. Gladiators match days. You should have extended the tranches a little further southwards …

  2. Avril August 31, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    I hope the top photo is representative of the shindig planned for this Saturday? I intend to wear a nicer jacket before I pass out though…

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