So, we have finally finished the third season of our labours up at the Taradeau oppidum. (There’s a good summary of the site and last year’s work on the Taradeau website. It’s in French, but there’s also a nice aerial view of what was achieved.) The wet weather this year has meant that we’ve all had to skip a number of weekends, but nevertheless it’s been a good year and we’ve made a lot of progress.
In fact the recent Google Earth photos of Taradeau show a cleaned up oppidum very well. It may seem a rather amateur operation but it fact it’s worked well and very efficiently and we’ve been helped this year by gifts of extra machinery (strimmers and a chipper). The project is starting to get a bit of publicity. There’s a TV programme coming up on it soon and a visit by an archaeological team.
Yes, it’s been a bit of a pain getting up in order to meet by 7:45 especially in winter when the temperature has been hovering around zero. But it’s been good, we have made new friends, improved our French and played a part in the community. We like to think that when we went to the mayor’s office this week and they knew our names , that this reflects our involvement.