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Thesis Ponderings

How do you write a conclusion to three and half years of work, where do you begin? I started work on my concluding chapter today (although this isn’t the last one that needs writing – still the introduction to do) and sat for some time debating where to start, what I should include, and how to set it out. I decided at the time is was easier just to start writing and worry about the exact details later, as it turned out I think that was the better way of doing it. You can often get so caught up in the little details that the big picture goes out of the window.

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Oops Again.

I can’t believe how much time has passed since I last updated…I know I’m bad.  And to be honest what I’ve been doing has not been of great interest to anyone except me…(hang on…include me in the not interested list too).

I finally had a meeting with my supervisors on Monday and to be honest I was dreading it.  I think its pretty normal for postgrads to get back after summer break and suddenly have minor panic attacks along the lines of “OMG I haven’t worked enough!”  However, not only were they happy with the work I’ve submitted so far (minimal changes only) and they think what I’m currently working on is good.  Plus they are pleased with the two conferences I’m doing and the article that is due to be published in Nov.  They also both agreed on me turning the Appendix on sites into a book and are willing to let me start that now.  Amazingly good methinks.

I chaperoned a field trip yesterday, while some were a pain in the arse (and I’m not just talking about undergrads) there were some funny moments…like watching a girl in ballet slipper type shoes try and walk around archaeological and muddy sites.  Heh heh…

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Museums a-go-go!

Went to the Market this morning and am now the proud joint owner of enough vegetables and fruit to sink a small battle ship (it would have to be a very small and crappy battle ship as cherries aren’t recognised as an offical weapon of war). So at least I’m being fed for the next few days.

Then we went to the National Archaeological Museum. I love that place…so much to see. Lots of vases including lots of cases on Boeotian pottery, with one devoted to Kabeiric ware. That one is right at the end of gallery, I get the distinct impression they didn’t know quite where to put it so bunged it in at the end. Then we had a mooch around the other galleries.

Afterwards we went to the Epigraphic museum, its right next door to the national but its always deserted. It does have some amazing inscriptions including the tribute lists from Athens, on of which is nearly 15 ft high. The lettering is less than an inch or two in height and the whole thing is covered. Very cool.

Then I went shopping…hurrah I have carrier bags full of things!

Now I’m in the library having finished the first draft of the article I’m working on and fancied a break from book things.

Plus I watching a few interesting, non-painful patches of sunburn starting to develop…bugger, and I had sun tan lotion on too…


Woo hoo!

Yay I got invite to go to Corinth and look at pots!

People down in Corintha are pushing dates later so Hellenistic period is now 50-100 years later than previously thought and this is reflected in my pottery too! The director of the Corinthian excavations has invited me….go me!

Ps. I realise that this may seem sad to all you non-pottery people….but hey I’m a pottery geek!


A Diary from Athens

Right well I figured I should update this thing again. I’ve been in Athens for a week now (a week? already?) and I have to admit it is really nice to be back – I miss this place when I’m in Glasgow. So what have I been up to I hear you ask (or possibly not, maybe the little voices are talking to me again) – so here’s a quick rundown of the whole thing.

Arrived safely, on time and with luggage, which is rather unusual for me. Went out for dinner to a friends birthday and played darts.

Got unpacked (exciting isn’t it) and spent some time in the library sorting things out, later went down to Exarchia and played Tavli (Backgammon) with some friends.


Went shopping on Ermou to get some bits and pieces then spent the rest of the day very quietly.

Beach! Got sunburnt, eaten by mosquitos and had a great time, though the sea was freezing.

Terrified everyone with my sunburn, worked in the library. There was a lecture at the school so I went to that. Afterwards we went out for food to a great Cretan restaurant.

Sunburn is fading but drying and is getting uncomfortable. Feeling very proud of myself today – I translated a chapter from ‘Die Bauten im Kabirenheiligtum bei Theban’ on the development of the site during my time period. Played darts.

Sunburn is fading to a nice colour but I’ve started peeling which I dislike intensely. More library work today and then I’m not really sure.