How are we 4 weeks down?!

I really can’t believe that 4 weeks have gone by already! But this terrific group is gearing up for a fabulous two final weeks. We have an action packed schedule with artefact presentations this week, a session on bioarchaeology and two full days in the Lake District with some of the most fabulous scenery anywhere. We’ll keep you in the loop on all of that, but in the meanwhile I wanted to share some of my favorite pictures of the crew from the past few weeks. I hope you enjoy!

The crew visiting the Roman and Victorian stone quarries above Vindolanda.
The crew visiting the Roman and Victorian stone quarries above Vindolanda.

We had an absolutely fabulous evening touring the area with a local geologist who pointed out all the important features of the landscape. We all learned a ton and enjoyed the brilliant weather! Look at that sky behind us!

Veronica flew the Western flag with flare!
Veronica flew the Western flag with flare!
Declan hangs out at the top of a Roman quarry. Standard day on Field School ;)
Declan hangs out at the top of a Roman quarry. Standard day on Field School 😉
Emma sneaks a chance to showcase the Western flag
Emma sneaks a chance to showcase the Western flag

A bright and sunny day with a stunning blue sky was the backdrop for a long hike along Hadrian’s Wall. The pictures tell the whole story about this fabulous day!

Felicia poses on the style at one of the famous Milecastles along the route.
Felicia poses on the style at one of the famous Milecastles along the route.
Monika's sitting with a smile on the trig point marking the high point in the area.
Monika’s sitting with a smile on the trig point marking the high point in the area.
Emily and Sarah take a minute to enjoy one of the steepest climbs on the wall at Steel Rigg.
Emily and Sarah take a minute to enjoy one of the steepest climbs on the wall at Steel Rigg.

One of my favorite days so far was a fantastic day hiking along Hadrian’s Wall, taking in some of my favorite Roman remains–Willowford Bridge and the Milecastle at Poltross Burn. It was a cold day but the weather cooperated keeping us dry until the last few steps before our door. Everyone challenged themselves and did a terrific job with a difficult day!

Alex K. emerges from the Roman bridge sluice at Willowford.
Alex K. emerges from the Roman bridge sluice at Willowford.
Tanya and Veronica celebrate as they reach the top of one of the longest climbs on the hike. Well done guys!
Tanya and Veronica celebrate as they reach the top of one of the longest climbs on the hike. Well done guys!
Here's the picture that has now become obligatory--the crew in front of the highest section of the wall standing.
Here’s the picture that has now become obligatory–the crew in front of the highest section of the wall standing.

Another great morning was in the Great North Museum in Newcastle. We got a hands-on few hours with Roman brooches and other interesting artifacts in the museum archives from the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Thanks to Rob Collins for giving us time yet again this year–he’s starting quite a collection of Western Ontario Classics Society t-shirts!!

The students pick up dating brooches faster than ever and quickly put them in chronological order.  Kudos from our brooch specialist at the Great North Museum!
The students pick up dating brooches faster than ever and quickly put them in chronological order. Kudos from our brooch specialist at the Great North Museum!

So there we go, some of my favorite moments of the past 4 weeks! We’ll keep you up-to-date on everything coming up. Thanks for sticking with us!

–Beth

 

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