A friend’s just sent me the link to this article about the final dig at Whitehall Roman Villa in Northamptonshire. I’ve been privileged to be involved with this project over the years and it will be sad to see the site covered up for the last time at the end of the summer.
I shall particularly miss that puddly drain to the right of the farmer. Some of it was trowelled out by mine own fair hand. On its left (out of sight) there are some wooden stakes still in the places where the Roman builders hammered them. This is not the sort of thing that makes headlines – no precious metals, no rewards for farmer and finder, no calls to save them for the British Museum – but it made me, and several others, inordinately happy.