Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Alice Pandrich in the kitchen at Ullenwood

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This shot from Andrew Powell's album earned him gentle e-mail reproaches from Dr Ferris and Professor Dixon for his thinking that this might be one of the cooks: it is "the wonderful Alice Pandrich" who was "not a cook but a supervisor, who supervised in 1972 and 1973, and then dug at Guildford as co director with Humphrey Wood, and at Woolwich." Examination of this webpage from Greenwich Council reveals, in the annual reports and proceedings of the Woolwich and District Antiquarian Society 1958-1981 Vol. XXXII-XXXVII, "Excavations near Woolwich Old Ferry Approach; the 17th century kilns and later structures. By Alice Pandrich." I also spot "Excavations at the Royal Dockyard, Woolwich: a summary report. By Terry Courtney."

Dr Ferris writes "I am delighted to see the photo of Alice Pandrich on Crickley Hill Man's blog. Alice was the first supervisor I worked for at Crickley in 1972 and she taught me a great deal about the archaeology of the hill. When I arrived, rumour in the dorm had it that Alice had a trophy cabinet full of young men's underpants at home, hopefully not grollies as previously mentioned in another post, but I'm sure this was just a rural, rather than urban, myth.

Alice was supervising at Crickley again in 1973 and certainly again in 1974, as she recruited a lot of Crickley diggers to go and work afterwards on the site she was directing at Old Ferry Approach, Woolwich in London, mentioned on the blog by Crickley Hill Man. At different times in Woolwich, from Crickley, there was myself, Jeff Beech, John Boden, the wry and witty Alison Bell, Biggles, Clive Anderson, American Lisa, Paul Noakes, Jenny Tinker, Fachtna McAvoy and Liz organising finds. This was a great site to work on, with incredible evidence for early post-medieval pottery production, and the social life was fairly riotous too. It was at Woolwich that Alice met Vic the architect whom she eventually married.

As Crickley Hill Man knows, field archaeology still is, and generally always has been, somewhat of a male-dominated part of the overall archaeological profession. In the early to mid 1970s there was a notable number of excellent, strong-willed women excavation directors working in British archaeology, of whom Alice was one, alongside, to name but a few I'm sure, Kirsty Rodwell, Christine Collyer, Hazel Wheeler and Pat Losco Bradley."

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