Georgia Kelly, the first of my two assistants has now formally joined the conservation team. Georgia is a local woman who has only recently finished studying archaeology at the University of Reading and it's great to welcome her into the project. In fact Georgia has been volunteering for the last month or so but a couple of weeks ago she was awarded the three year assistant's contract along with Vicki Le Quelenec, another local archaeologist who has just finished her MSc at the University of Central Lancashire. Vicki will be joining us next week. To have two such able and well qualified colleagues is a great bonus to the work and it'll be an exciting three years.
We are still working our way through the loose coins from the hoard surface but the next couple of weeks will see the real dismantling begin. Once Vicki joins us next week we will be having some numismatic training courtesy of our coin expert Philip De Jersey and then the next week we have our intensive training with the laser scanner and metrology arm. Then we will finally be ready to start deliberately taking the hoard apart.