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Dressed for digging?

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Arbeia Roman fort, South Shields

Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields

The Roman Fort in South Shields was first excavated in Victorian times in the 1870s. Yesterday local children had the chance to experience how the Victorians found Roman and Iron Age artefacts on the site by taking part in a dig of their own.

These elegant ladies (from Hartlepool) were on hand to let visitors know how how things were done over a hundred years ago, I pictured them in the reconstructed Commandant’s quarters before seeking out the site of the “dig”. I did wonder whether they dressed like this when on their hands and knees in six inches of mud and earth with a trowel in their finely gloved hands!

Camera details: Pentax K100D, 30mm lens, 1/45 second, f5.6, iso 800


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Written by curly

August 2, 2009 at 12:01 am

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  1. Wow – look at those lovely, elegant ladies! Classy photo!

    leif hagen

    August 2, 2009 at 1:27 am

  2. I feel like I’ve stepped back in time. Wonderful costumes! But yes, it does make one wonder about how they dig in those clothes. Surely it was only the men who did that? 🙂


    August 2, 2009 at 8:29 am

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