Yay, Presents!

i-64f391e800c05d82db48daafaaee16c9-DSCN8090-crop-lores.JPGYesterday I received a large package by mail from Dear Reader Twoflower in New York. He’d asked me for my address, and I was expecting a book or an off-print, but the minute I saw the box I realised I had been wrong. Guess what he sent me.

Apparently, I have pained Twoflower by publishing ugly pics of nice finds and fieldwork here. I believe that specifically, this pic and this pic hurt his sense of archaeological aesthetics: a lovely new find, shot first with a spade for scale and then with an ugly folding rule. Well, Twoflower, you kind and generous man, thanks to you I will no longer have to rely on such second-rate gear! As demonstrated by Captain Pyjamas in the pic, I now have a handsome collapsible fiberglass meter rod, a 20 cm compass arrow, a 25 cm artefact scale and a 10 cm scale, all from Stoney Knoll Archaeological Supplies in Maine. They do on-line mail order.

I usually borrow fieldwork tools from friendly colleagues at local excavation units. Most of the archaeogear I actually own has been given to me. My English trowel is a present from my friend Howard. My Gothenburg buddies got me a discount on my metal detector. And now I have photography scale-rods from Maine. I’m just waiting for someone in New Zealand to send me a mechanical excavator!

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  1. #1 eleanora
    October 22, 2007

    “a 20 cm compass arrow”

    Well that’s a term for it I haven’t heard before! 😉

  2. #2 Sávon Oneflower!
    October 22, 2007

    Good Day Martin!!!
    Does your reader Twoflower, (gee what a nice name) work for that company? I must soon buy their soil color chart for my work. A soil color chart is exactly what I always have been looking for…

  3. #3 Martin R
    October 22, 2007

    Eleanora, I’m sure it works on the principle of animal magnetism…

    Savon, I don’t know!

  4. #4 Twoflower
    October 22, 2007


  5. #5 Twoflower
    October 22, 2007

    I conclude from the photo that the child is levitating ~8 cm above the surface. Impressive

  6. #6 Sávon
    October 22, 2007

    Then I cannot ask for advice about the soilchart. Oh yes from now on Martin, you must be more careful what you publish. It is true, what you see Twoflower. It looks as a levitation. And Martin who is a sceptic…:-)

  7. #7 Martin R
    October 22, 2007

    Yes, Capt. Pyjamas is an impressive boy.

  8. #8 JeffL
    October 23, 2007

    You mean Twoflower didn’t give you his Luggage?

  9. #9 eleanora
    October 23, 2007

    “You mean Twoflower didn’t give you his Luggage?”

    But that could be dangerous! What if the Luggage didn’t like Martin and trampled him?

  10. #10 Alice Shortcake
    November 1, 2007

    Notice the matching socks!

  11. #11 Stoney Knoll
    January 26, 2009

    Slow as I am on the uptake, I wanted to say “Thanks” to Martin for the great comments about our products and to Two flower for sending Martin the prodcuts in the first place!
    As a small family business in coastal Maine, we appreciate the great press! (Bet if you re-took that meter scale photo, now, that the dapper young lad holding it will have really grown!)

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