enormously assisted in the build up of student, pressed for writing an essay, internship. Ideally this would be for up the archaeological science departments at those universities.
will be able to type in the key-word and find out just what John had to say on to a full year, partly university based, and with an substantial element at the
And then when retirement beck- the subject: not indeed a crib, but often oned he undertook the third part of his the fascinating background stories that career, to popularise archaeological science. He approached us with the idea of writing regularly for Current Archaeology, and between us we worked out the concept of a science diary. At first I was a little sceptical, but it was a great success and there were many readers who wrote to tell us that the Science Diary was the part of the often lie behind the aridities of science.
The Ancient Monuments Laboratory,
now part of English Heritage's new Centre for Archaeology at Fort Cumberland, Portsmouth, also want to make him a memorial and we are discussing the idea of a John Musty Fellowship or Internship. My original idea was that, as John was someone spanking new laboratories at ~ort Cumberland in Portsmouth - where there is still a certain amount of bench space available. This would depend on the sort of money that could be raised and used for this purpose and the level of support that the interns would need, as well as the sort of experience they could bring. If there are any of our readers who might be interested, could magazine that they turned to first.
John's work deserves a memorial,
they quickly drop me a letter plus a cv, saying what they would be interested in doing, how it would fit in with their who changed career in mid-life, this should be aimed particularly at the more mature applicant, especially previous experience, how they would
What can be done to pay tribute to John's work? For our own part, we are busy putting the entire Science Diaryon the web. This is in the form of a data-
base, not only searchable by subject but perhaps those who have retired early and would like to kickstart a new career use their new skills, how long they would want their internship to last, and the sort of support they would need.
as an archaeological scientist. I gather that it would not be possible to I will then forward all replies to also by word; type in any word and you will be able to find every single article in which John used that word. We hope it will be an immense resource: the advertise it with an age limit - one must maintain equal opportunities - but I would be interested to know whether there is a demand out there for such an
Mike Corfield, John's successor - now called Chief Scientist - and he will see what can be worked out. .
High Street, Londinium
High Street Londinium, is a stunning new special exhibition at the Museum of London, where it will remain until
7th January 2001. It is proving remark-
or indeed get any idea of the three houses as a whole. The visitor goes straight into the kitchen of the first of the houses -
probably a bakery. It is all rather a maze, and very difficult to understand - I
ably successful, and has raised visitor had to go round the levels by at least 50%.
It is based on one of their largest recent excavations, that at No 1,
display three times before I could figure out how it was meant to work. But
Poultry (see CA 758).This was a crucial site in the heart of the city, just over the bridge across the Walbrook, and they have taken the first three houses after you cannot separate modern curators from their audio-visuals.
Nevertheless, I cannot help feeling the bridge and have reconstructed them as they reallywere - dark,gloomy,
that, very subtly, we are being got at. There is a message that the Romans with rough floors, rough plastered walls were not as grand as we usually think - and all based on the excavated they are and need to be taken down a evidence.
peg. This struck me with great force
The reconstruction is not quite shortly afterwards, when, on my complete, as they have taken a chunk out of the front of the first two houses summer perambulations, Ivisited Bede's World in Jarrow. This is all very grand,
to provide space for audio-visual light and airy, with the displays theatre. This means that it is not approached from an atrium with a circular pool, all done in gleaming possible to see the French marble. Comparing the two front of the houses, sites, there is a message coming
through: the Saxons were all purity and light, whereas the Romans were all nasty and dirty.
Scruffy Romans: the dining hall at the inn.
Not that I believe that the picture of
Roman London is altogether wrong.
Indeed, I have been saying for a long time that Roman London was not a normal town, so when they say that,
'The average first century Londoner would have felt more like they were in a wild west frontier town', then Ifeel that they are endorsing my ideas. It is certainly a welcome corrective to the view that everyone in Roman Britain lived in villas, and walked on mosaic floors.