Hadrian's Wall, and the guy who knows it better than anyone else

I'm in awe of Geoff Carter. He's a structural archaeologist in northern England who specializes in how people used to go about building things. It's amazing what he can deduce from holes in the ground.

Geoff shot to fame with an analysis that showed Hadrian's Wall was originally timber.

As part of a documentary, he's recently posted this article about earthworks alongside Hadrian's Wall.

A lot of his other work is on prehistoric structures, such as roundhouses and forts.

The most amazing thing about his archaeology reports is that they are actually well-written, highly readable if you can cope with the minute detail, and sprinkled with fun phrases. I wish all academics and business people wrote as well as him. I particularly like his view that the proper study of mankind is postholes.


7 comments:

L. T. Host said...

Fascinating! I'll have to check this out tomorrow, when I am not dead tired. *bookmarked*

Yvonne Osborne said...

We saw a crumblings section of Hadrian's Wall when we were in England several years ago so I found this interesting. And Geoff's reports are readable! Who would've thought that postholes could tell a larger story than rubbish and pots?

Gary Corby said...

Hi LT. Yep, it's not the sort of stuff for tired eyes. Sleep well!

Gary Corby said...

Hi Yvonne!

Yes, it's very cool, isn't it?

I remember walking sections of the wall and wondering how anything so long could be adequately guarded. But obviously, it was.

Jennifer said...

hi Gary,

I learn the most interesting things on your blog. I love reading it. I haven't had a chance to get your book yet, but I can't wait to pick it up.

Jennifer

Gary Corby said...

Thanks Jennifer!

Amalia T. said...

My husband will love this. I'll have to point him in this guy's direction post haste!