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Friar Street, Hereford: Saturday June 7 - 'Small finds' with Judy Stevenson of Herefordshire Museum Services


Judy began with a presentation showing the different type of small finds which are found by archaeologists

 

 

The group learnt about finds ranging from the Lower Palaeolithic (over 250,000 years ago) to clay pipes and wig curlers

 

 

After coffee it was time to put this knowledge to the test

 

 

Various artefact had been laid out for identification

 

 

What, for instance, is this?

 

 

people scribbled their answers (there was very little cheating)

 

 

then came the results

 

 

A prehistoric pick-axe

 

 

A Roman mortarium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Ross Heritage Centre: Saturday May 17 - 'Small finds' with Judy Stevenson of Herefordshire Museum Services
 

Ross Heritage Centre: Saturday May 10 - Flint tool workshop with Karl Lee, flint knapper and expert on prehistoric technologies

 

Friar Street, Hereford: April 19th  - environmental material with Liz Pearson

Liz Pearson of Worcestershire County Council's Historic Environment and Archaeology Service

 

 

Liz began with a presentation discussing the types of material recovered from archaeological excavations and the circumstances which cause their preservation

 

 

Charred material is often found - the charring prevents decay.
Another cause of preservation is waterlogging - plant material is preserved in anaerobic conditions.
A third way in which plant material is preserved is mineralization. This is usually in cesspits where calcium phosphates present in urine and faeces preserve the material.

 

 

Eight microscopes were used in what must have been the largest group examination of archaeological environmental material ever seen in Hereford

 

 

Dr Rebecca Roseff examining some of the material from the LOWV Gillow Farm excavation

 

 

This particular sample of material consisted of nothing but fragments of charcoal and tiny snails

 

 

Other material was more varied with seeds and insects of various species

 

 

Carbonised grain - burning is ironically the best way of preserving things.

   

Neolithic crab apples. The apples we eat today are not descended from these native apples but come from the Mediterranean.

   
   

 

 

LOWV earlier events

 
   

2007-2008

   

Spring 2007

   

Autumn-Winter 2006-7

   

Summer 2006

   

Spring 2006

   

Autumn-Winter 2005/6

 

 

Summer 2005

   

the future

   
 

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