A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
We left our accommodation towards city centre about 10.50 pm. The metro took us to the Haymarket within 25 minutes. It was nearly closing time when we entered the pub. There were quite many people sitting around tables at the deep inside of the pub called the Five Swans. My group approached and talked them. Some of them were students from the Department of Archaeology at the University of Newcastle.
It was really delightful and joyous night before the excursion for Hadrian’s Wall. I felt that archaeologists and archaeology students in Europe and Asia are pretty similar each other. Normally, they enjoy debates and discussions with evidence to prove their arguments. Interestingly, such viral activities make me enthusiastic. Sometimes, several ideas seem to me creative even though most ones are neglected due to archaeological knowledge.
When time was almost midnight, people in the pub including my party were about to leave home. My mates and me took a black cab and asked the driver to leave for Wallsend. Our accommodation was on George Road. Houses in the area were planned and built by Newcastle Municipality. As we just arrived at our accommodation, we went to each bedroom. In the morning, we will begin our real official schedule!
I woke up approximately 4.10 in the morning and took a shower. I had to write my final essay by Sunday. Hence, I started reading some articles and summarised them on my notebook. I finished my essay and submitted it on Blackboard. It was pretty hard to complete one essay within 3 hours.
My housemates gathered in the kitchen and we talked for a while on our essay topics and schedules for a first day. The first meeting point was remains of Hadrian’s Wall. They were fairly close to our accommodation and we had enough time to go there. We were ready to move to the ancient monument at least around 9.10 am.
When we walked down to the ancient wall, we were able to see our other team-mates. The wall has been preserved surrounded by iron fence and the remains of the wall were almost 2 metres high. We listened to the brief guide of our instructor prior to the visit of the museum. After that, we went to Segedunum Roman Fort Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums nearby.
Segedunum Roman Fort was located next to the ruins of Roman fort. There was a watch tower where visitors can see the overview of whole area. Virtual archaeology and computerised simulation are becoming popular in Britain. Contents of Segedunum museum were also inspired by virtual archaeology.
Firstly, we browsed the inside of the museum for an hour and half. Then, some of us had lunch together. The meal was quite simple but better than I predicted. My excursion group was interested in catalogues and books at the museum. We bought quite many publications.
The programme slightly changed due to some convenience for trips. We went out to see remains of the Roman fort. My instructor guided and told the short history of excavations there. She is fairly enthusiastic to visit Roman archaeological sites and quite respectable in Roman imperial frontiers. Our next destination was Arbeia/South Shields.
To Be Continued…