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Despite the general view of 2016 as a shit year, with lots of beloved celebrities dying, it was quite a good year for me. I got accepted as a fully funded PhD student in Sweden, and in the middle of summer I packed (almost all) my belongings in a van and did an international move. Workwise I primarily assessed one big multi-period rural site and two medieval/post-medieval Oxford College kitchen assemblages that my successor in Oxford will do the reports for. I hope he does them well - I really love the college assemblages. Definitely an idea for a post-doc there, if I can get a good angle that will appeal to the buzzwords of 2020.

After the move I had hoped to be fully moved in by mid-autumn, but no. Still stuff everywhere, and will probably be so for the next year too. It's hard to get going with proper organizing when you have a full work week to, so to say, work around. I still haven't used my new sofa, as it's been full of various paperwork. (Look: a flat surface - quick, put something on it!)

The PhD-ing seems to go well. The expected first term flailing around and getting one's bearings, two obligatory courses that interfered with research, but better do them now than later on, when it's more stressful.

All the money got spent in the move, so there were no conferences or long holidays this time, not even a PZG meeting. Next year I have a 10-week course in York to look forward to, and I hope to be able to take some time for mini-breaks in the north of England (and Scotland?) then.

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