Category: Lisa Westcott

An Interview with Rónán Swan of the National Roads Authority

The road more travelled:  Rónán Swan discusses life on the road schemes with CA Editor Lisa Westcott. Why did you become an archaeologist? My father, Leo Swan, was an archaeologist, so I grew up with it. All my holidays were spent on sites, or fieldwalking places like the Dublin mountains, Tara, and the Boyne Valley. […]

Interview: Alice in Archaeologyland

Alice Roberts, one of the most popular presenters of archaeology on TV, discusses the bare bones of her new series with CA Editor Lisa Westcott. How did you get involved in TV archaeology? I started out in medicine and was a junior doctor in south Wales. But I wanted to indulge my interest in anatomy […]

Archaeology in action: Mike Heyworth

Dr Mike Heyworth, Director of the Council for British Archaeology, tells CA Editor Lisa Westcott about the CBA, pubs and politics. How did you first get involved with archaeology? When I was 14, I went along to a weekend excavation at Old Down Farm, near Andover. My main reason for wanting to go was that […]

Interview: The Roman Glassmakers

CA editor Lisa Westcott is blown away by a demonstration of authentic Roman glassmaking. The Roman Glassmakers opened shop in 1989, and ever since have specialised in researching the techniques involved in making Roman glass vessels  and in reproducing Roman glass (CA 186).  Now, they have expanded into English Medieval glass, complicated Roman luxury items, […]

An Interview with Martin Carver, editor of Antiquity

One of Britain’s most prolific and colourful archaeologists dishes the dirt with CA Editor Lisa Westcott. Why did you become an archaeologist? My first great loves were literature and poetry. I had no interest in archaeology until I was about 26 years old, on a military posting in Arabia, and came across a site called […]

Indefatigable Attenborough

On Monday, 12 October 2009, Sir David Attenborough participated in the Cambridge University Personal-Histories in Archaeology project. I was there, along with a capacity crowd of over 700 guests, to listen to one of television’s great pioneers.

PAS annual report and the Staffordshire Hoard

I attended the launch yesterday of the 2007 Portable Antiquities Scheme annual report. Held at the BM in the new temporary exhibit space housing the few objects from the Staffordshire Hoard that are on display to the public, the meeting was full of the usual luminaries as well as Fred Johnson and his wife – […]

BIN09: Digging at Binchester

‘BIN09′ is the site code for  this year’s season of  the major new field project at the Roman fort of Binchester, run jointly by Durham County Council, Durham University and Stanford University, where I  have just spent a week digging.  In addition to the on-site professional staff (Dr David Mason, David Petts, Jamie Armstrong, Janice […]

World Archaeological Congress part 3

Day three at WAC and the conference mates are well.Following our prehistoric musical interlude yesterday afternoon, I attended a session on development-funded archaeology in Ireland. As you can imagine, following the massive building boom in Ireland, the amount of such archaeology has climbed dizzy heights.

World Archaeological Congress part 2

As I type, it is lunch time. One thousand delegates are thronging around the coffee and sandwich tables. Suddenly, into the crowd emerge two archaeo-blokes (sandals mandatory) carrying a 5 foot-long curving metal object. One of them is blowing enthusiastically, and continuously, down the back end of the metal object. The crowd is stunned. How […]

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