Archaeology, IT, and back to Archaeology.
I decided to move to the Hebrides last year. My reason for doing so was about the beauty of the various islands I had visited, the community, and the clearer connection with history, heritage, culture, and the natural world that I saw on each isle; and of course now I live on Mull. The tricky part had been trying to work out what I could do to sustain a life a bit further from the major airports and roads that had become a key part of my commuting life over the past few years. Well actually it was really more of a what can I do that is not IT?
B&B? Cafe? Cafe/Bar? Bakery? Tours? I had lots of ideas, and explored many of them, but there was one thing that I kept coming back to. Could I perhaps go back into archaeology? How? It had been a while and most of my contacts were in Northern Ireland. I hadn’t picked up a trowel in 17 years!
I am taking tentative steps. A dig in April in Perth (Scotland not Australia before anyone gets too excited), possibly more in the summer… and… I have just been accepted to do a Masters in Celtic and Viking Archaeology at the University of Glasgow starting in September. Yes, I am going to be a full time student again. As it’s very much an academic subject I figured the best way of catching up on 15-20 years of archaeological discovery, making contacts in Scottish archaeology, and getting myself back into the academic zone was best served by doing another bout of postgraduate study.
Who knows after that? I’m not planning too far ahead. Suffice to say I am pretty excited about this next year. This blog is being repurposed and will now chart both my travels and archaeology in northern climes…