Owen joins David to discuss his PhD on craft-tools from Roman London, including what they tell us about life in the city at the time, the misconceptions we can have about craftsman, particularly concerning how varied their experiences were, and how a tool for calming horses got misidentified as ritual castration implement.
Owen also chats about his recent post-doctoral work on the Roman leather in the Museum of London collection, his experiences working on the famous Bloomberg excavations, and why he wasn't a fan of the Romans growing up. Additionally, he discusses the importance of finding a balance between work and your other interests, and not expecting too much of yourself, because your mental health should always take precedence over those extra hours you could work.
Owen is a finds specialist at Museum of London Archaeology. You can find him on Twitter here (https://twitter.com/roman_tools?lang=en) . You can read a blog-post on shoes from Roman London written by Owen here (https://walbrookdiscovery.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/an-afterlife-for-the-sole/) .