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Jamie:Wanted to save you the humdrums of reading my how-to-become-an-archaeologist speech.Unfortunately, I seem to have the worst luck. I've never found anything myself that was cool, though I've been at various sites when people have.  At the Marcham/Frilford dig they found a crouched burial. That was non in the trench I excavated, but it was really interesting. Also on that dig they found a preserved, woven hand basket that they think is about 2000 years old. It was...probably the most amazing thing to see. Obviously organic items rarely survive even a fraction of that time so it was such a treat.  I have found the usual items at Roman occupied sites/levels in Britain: animal bone, pottery, coins (some of them no bigger that a fingernail).  I could wax poetic and how gross the Romans must have been. Imagine dragging a trowl through the dirt and litterally dozens of pieces of bone, pottery, etc. just popping up out of the must have been filthy.  If you're interested in some of the sites, you can find some preliminary documents about them on the Oxford Website under the School of Archaeology.  I was listening to your Wales Hillforts podcast today and it reminded me that a couple of the professors there had done a project titled the Vale and Ridgeway project that you might find interesting.  I've included the link below so you can review some of what they are or have been working on. Also, I think you should definitely go on a dig. England has some volunteer options if you don't want to do the whole scholastic exercise that is required for archaeology students. I think the listeners would like a first-hand account of your own experience. :)