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Viewing Single Post From: 2013 Excavations and the new SMC
Dr Andrew Robin Birley
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Hi folks,

The weeks are being organised into blocks of two weeks. The reasons behind this are both archaeological and logistical. The work we will be doing over the next SMC is far more technical than before so extra training/support is needed. It isn't worth doing this for one week, as by the time you have spent three days learning how to do it, then missed the odd day for the rain (hopefully not, but who can tell) you would be gone before having the chance to make that hard work real - hence the two weeks. Once we are locked into a two week cycle we need to keep it that way otherwise it becomes impossible to organize effectively, simply we don't have the staffing to do so (you can't do 3 weeks on that basis but you can do 4 :-). There will be 11 two-week slots next year covering the season as a whole.

There is a mid-season break from the excavations for volunteers on the main excavations site, in the week prior to friends evening. The reason for this is that the senior staff will need an extra recording and processing week mid-season, due to the nature of the work being undertaken to make sure that we are bang up to date on this important work, otherwise we can't continue in all conscience.

More folks than normal will be able to take part during the period of the north field excavations as was the case this year, so the teams will increase in size at that point (July).

In the end, what we are hoping for is a more personal, intimate and refined experience from the excavators side, and a more efficiently executed excavation from the Vindolanda side which will be needed to cope with the complexity of the job at hand. We realise that two weeks is a major commitment and will not suit everyone this year for very valid reasons. Even so, we have to ring the changes to make sure we deliver on the promise of the most exciting SMC that the Vindolanda Trust has yet to undertake in its 42 year history.

I hope that this makes sense.
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