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A while ago, someone thought it would be nice to get tips about interesting communities and journals on DreamWidth, and created [community profile] followfriday: Here's the plan: every Friday, let's recommend some people and/or communities to follow on Dreamwidth.

This was how I found [community profile] archaeology_weekly. It's rather new, but can hopefully bring me (and you) interesting stuff to read. For example the Shakespeare dig in Stratford-upon-Avon, where they are excavating parts of the kitchen garden of the house where William Shakespeare lived during the last 19 years of his life. My employer tendered for this dig, but unfortunately for us Birmingham Archaeology got the contract. It would have been so awesome to root through the Shakespeare household's trash! Well, realistically you probably wouldn't be able to pinpoint the pits and layers to those specific years, but rather date them to the late 16th/early 17th century at best. This is the problem with Medieval and Post-medieval archaeology: so many interesting bits of information from the written sources, and so little possibility to actually connect the feature fills to a specific decade.

If you have the opportunity, go and have a look at the excavation. According to the press release, the dig will end in early September, so you don't have to rush to get there. Stratford-upon-Avon itself is a bit infested by tourists in the centre (well, no wonder), but it's a nice little town, and if you can get tickets to one of the Royal Shakespeare Company's plays, so much the better! I've seen their The Tempest (with Patrick Stewart as Prospero), King Lear (Ian McKellen as Lear) and Hamlet (Patrick Stewart (again) as Claudius and David Tennant as Hamlet) and it was worth the price and the wait - the ticket release date was almost a year before the plays opened!

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