My Tilley and I

An archaeologist is probably not the most fashionable person on the planet while working in the field. There is one item, however, that gives one a very dashing air…

Caroline Rocheleau at the dig

Courtesy of the Berber-Abidiya Archaeological Project. All rights reserved.

1) a T-shirt with CANADA written on it somewhere;
2) a light blue button-down shirt;
3) trousers with multiple pockets, accessorised with a tape measure on the front right pocket and a trowel in the back right pocket;
4) socks that were once white;
5) work boots, which I have to shake before I wear them in case there might be scorpions or other creepy-crawlies inside;
6) sunglasses, lest I go sun blind;
7) a Sudanese scarf, worn only early in the morning;

and the most fashionable item:

8) a Tilley hat, given to me by Alex Tilley of Tilley Endurables a few years ago (now my most prized piece of clothing).

Being an archaeologist is all about the hat (ask Indiana Jones) and I think that as far as hats are concerned I am very well served with my faithful Tilley hat.

Caroline’s posts have been delayed due to the sensitive nature of her research.


  1. Posted January 26, 2009 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Oh, Tilley hats. Be still my heart. :-)

  2. Posted January 28, 2009 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Hi there,

    I got notice of your thread from friend of a friend. (We’ve trained all our friends and family to be on the lookout for Tilley stuff – LOL!)

    Glad to know that your Tilley is your most fashionable item! Please feel free to join our page: – you’ll be among friends – they all really love their Hats too! :)

    We’d be glad to have you!

    Mandy @ Tilley

  3. Posted January 28, 2009 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Caroline, your words (and Absent.Canadian’s)are proof once again that we ‘overshadow’ some of the finest people!

    Your comment and photo would make a fine addition to our catalogue. would be delighted to hear from you!

    Alex Tilley, in snowy southern northern Ontario.

  4. Caroline
    Posted February 2, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    How delightful to read comments by Tilley hat fans and Alex himself !
    My Tilley and I to be featured in the catalogue? Why not? It would be an honour…

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