RALPH AT LARGE
I was hooked on archaeology on my first "dig", Tonge Castle, near Sittingbourne, Kent, in 1965. My most recent excavation experience was at Shop Lock, on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, in 2019.
Most of my archaeological activities, as it was, involved "rescue" archaeology, snatching information before it was eradicated by the bulldozers of developers. I was, I suppose I still am, a highly skilled excavator, draftsperson and photographer. That I didn't become a career archaeologist or an academic was the result of a mix of a lack of required character and a slight discomfort in the company of the archaeological elite. I never really fitted in.
Last updated 20th January 2022
My first dig: Tonge Castle, Kent
Castle Rough, Kent
My first supervisor job: Dover Roman forts
Under York Minster
Boxfield Farm, Chells
Bronze Age Caldicot
Coton deserted medieval village
Elsecar industrial archaeology
Shop Lock keeper's cottage