Getting their trowels

Hi Everyone,

After my last post, Randy asked if there’s a ceremony in which the students receive their trowels.  Unlike being knighted, there is no formal ceremony, but it’s a fun moment.  Here are some pics.

-Alex

Beth hands out trowels to the team.
Beth hands out trowels to the team.
The team sitting on the shed wall with their new trowels. Dan is particularly happy.
The team sitting on the shed wall with their new trowels. Dan is particularly happy.

10 thoughts on “Getting their trowels

  1. Hello Everyone @ Vindolanda! I have recently discovered your blogs and I can’t tell you how exciting I find them! As a grad of Western in ’99 who took several Classics courses, for pure pleasure but not with incredible success, this dig has captivated me. I think it is an invaluable opportunity for Western students and I can’t wait to hear all about your finds and adventures! Please keep blogging and post plenty of photos. Thanks for taking us all along on your travels.

  2. Have the students given their trowels names yet? I was told on my first dig (in Ashkelon, Israel) that I had to name mine. And so “Julian of Ascalon” was baptized by dirt.

  3. Hello Vindolanders – wonderful scene. I assume everyone gets to keep their trowel? I still have my first one from 19 … (well best to leave this vague), but it is was inaugurated at another Romano-British field school at Wroxeter, before going south to warmer climes on Crete and Cyprus.

  4. I like the idea of a trowel ceremony! If med students have a white coat ceremony, then archaeologists should have a trowel ceremony. Of course, these things should not be confused. A white coat on a dig is not a good idea — and a surgeon with a trowel is downright scary!

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