Day two at Kalambo Falls… …and we are sharing the beauty of this landscape with a Zambian Army survival training class.  Jack and Boyd, the instructors, have our full attention as they take us through the biology and behaviour of venomous snakes. “Don’t run, just stand still,” when encountering a black mamba; adders give a […]

Yes, we’re on our way to the Falls. Not Victoria Falls this time but Kalambo Falls in Zambia’s Northern Province. We’ll be driving over 1000 kilometres, from Lusaka up the Great North Road all the way to its end– or nearly. We turn off for the falls just a tad short of the Tanzanian border. […]

A strange silence.  Chatter, laughter,  listening –  gone.  No more planning of meals.  No more writing bedtime notes.  And no more sharing a fire with friends and new acquaintances.  It’s over. Except, that is, for memories, and images.  Oh, and finalising the export of the artefacts. That’s tomorrow’s chore. Tonight, I’ve been invited to join […]

Harsh words?  Depends on your circumstances. In my case, these words on my temporary visa are a welcome relief. It’s definitely time to wind up and leave. The digging is over; everyone’s gone except me and Chris (my PhD student).  We’re doing essential end of project work.  Washing, labelling, and listing artefacts for the export […]

Archaeological fieldwork, like any job, has its routines. The morning routine begins the night before with planning the lunch for the day to come, charging the many batteries of the digital world (even for Damien – see earlier blog) and writing up fieldnotes to devise a strategy to follow. Morning comes which means making sure […]

An ‘embedded technologist’.  What’s that when he’s at home?  Well, we’ve had one with us and he’s the best in the business. Karl Lee returned to the UK earlier this week, but during his brief time here he opened our eyes to the importance of working with someone who not only makes stone tools, but […]