18 June 2010

This Land Is Your Land

As I went walking I saw a sign there and on the sign it said No Trespassing but on the other side it didn't say nothing, well, that side was made for you and me.

(Woody Guthrie)

The North Rim, Grand Canyon, Arizona.
After a forest fire, pioneer species such as this blue one are the first plants to grow again. Picture taken near Grand Canyon.

I'm off to the German coastal city Wilhelmshaven tomorrow. Gonna take part in a weekend course about export and import trade on the North Sea coast in the first millenium A.D. - hope it's gonna be interesting, because it's a 210 kilometre drive, one way. I'm sharing my car with four friends and fellow students of mine so I won't stop to take too many pictures, I guess. However, I'll be back for another weekend at the end of July. 

Concerning the plans for this summer, I can only say this much:

Excavation from the 19th of July - 6th of August. It's a Saxon burial ground. I'm looking forward to it because working in the field is what I'm studying archaeology for. I'm not interested in studying books all day long. You only get tired from doing hard work. When you're studying or writing for hours, you drink too much Coke or coffee and after a while you turn into an insomniac. Can't remember the last time I slept nine hours.

Road Trip around Denmark, Norway, and Sweden at the end of August / early September.

Probably going to a concert or two at Tonder Festival in Denmark, before heading across the Baltic Sea to Malmö (Sweden).

I won't be visiting Israel, although I did consider it. I'm not coming back to England either. I had to decide between visiting a familiar place and one I haven't been to before, so Scandinavia is where I'll be going.

Have a nice weekend.

- Dom


donnie said...

your summer sounds busy - enjoy the excavation - I worked for two summers on the excavation of a Saxon church and graveyard - St Peters, Barton -on - Humber - amazing site and period

Anonymous said...

Ich denke Skandinavien ist interessant ... mir fehlt es noch.

Beide Fotos sind sehr schön, das untere gefällt mir besonders.

Dominic Doherty said...

Donnie, I'll see if I can find some information about that place... the Saxons are such an interesting people. Did they pay you back then? We were told that nowadays it's hard to get jobs at an excavation which will be paid for, at least not as students.

Danke Manfred!

Brooke said...

I'm glad you chose to go with Scandinavia. It's important to see new sights. I'm hoping you'll get lots of pictures from the excavation... that sounds super exciting :) Concerts are fun, I'm planning to go on a couple as well !

Dominic Doherty said...

Yes I am too. Not sure though whether I'll be allowed to take pictures, and if I am, whether I'm allowed to publish them. I'm gonna ask the professor.

donnie said...

I earned £40 a day - which was quite a lot for a student in the the early 80s.. I dug all day and camped in a graveyard with about 30 others

Dominic Doherty said...

Camped in a graveyard... brilliant! £40 would be great but I don't think they can afford to pay that much anymore. Let's see if I'm gonna get that lucky next year maybe.