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Sherds and shadows

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Squint and you'll see me at the pottery stall.
photo (c)Amgueddfa CymruKids are all kinds of crazy awesome. And I never knew there were so many of them. Yesterday was spent for the most part helping them cut, stick and create shadow puppets, with an hour or so manning the pottery tables, trying to blag what little Mediaeval pottery knowledge I remembered from my small involvement with LEARN (humanities provision at which is currently, scandalously endangered). And turns out some of those blighters had an insatiable desire to know, and to be involved. And you can see that some of them really do engage with that notion of Reconnections, the theme of this year's festival. Today my voice has still been sore, worn out by the sheer enthusiasm of those youthful wards whose interests and knowledge often went beyond what you would expect (like the six-year-old telling me about Boudicca) and beyond what their own parents/guardians could understand (like the little boy and girl who spent …

(in)voluntary absentmindedness

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Last night I had that very strange feeling you get when you realise that earlier that day you'd been happily chatting away to someone who not only do you know of but actually have a couple of their sitting books on the shelf.[1] Books with some outstanding public library fines.

The Festival of British Archaeology is in full swing, with a wet start to the festivities at the Celtic village for me on Sunday. The bell casting experiment did however prove to be a highlight. This years theme is Reconnections, with activities at all the major centres in South Wales, including the National Museum, St Fagans, Caerwent and Caerleon. The festival blog will be updated throughout. And if you look carefully you'll see a very gormless me standing there, after a hard day's work clearing out

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[1] Brewer, R.J., 2000. Caerleon and the Roman Army 2nd ed., Llyfrau Amgueddfa Cymru/ National Museum Wales Books; Brewer, R.J., 1997. Caerwent Roman Town 2nd ed., Cadw Welsh Historic Monuments.