Goldingham Gems

To conclude our end of excavation celebrations on Sunday afternoon, Dave Dignum, who volunteered over the weekend and worked in trench C, recited his own take on Rudyard Kipling’s poem ‘If…’

Goldingham Gems. With Apologies to Rudyard Kipling.

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are on their knees digging and scarping with the trowel
If you can trust Clem and Carenza when all around you
We plot the eastings and northings and rave on about coprolites from the ancient bowel.
If we can wait, there are others who can do the photos
Paul and Dave must protect their knees and back
We are proud to have the time in which to do it
With the Cambridge Team we know we have the knack!

If you can dream, you’d always choose the stratified context
If you can put up with Dave, he just might want to come again
If you scrape and brush and write up all your work
Just be careful that it doesn’t bloody rain.
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
Try to survive all the rigours of the archaeological training
We have to thank all of our wonderful mentors
For the superb help and experience we are gaining.
So, if we keep health and safety foremost
At the digs we can be delving back to days of yore
We are shown the way and lap up what they say
We certainly learn what equipment is for.
We also strive to always keep Cat happy
Matrices in Suffolk, a reputation second to none
We really have been tested to the limit
No matter, many thanks, we’ve worked well and had a lot of fun!


(Dave is shown on the left in the photograph of trench C below, alongside Alex, Deborah and Laure)


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