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The River Wye



Recent events

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




Spring 2007


Autumn-Winter 2006-7


Summer 2006


Spring 2006


Autumn-Winter 2005/6



Summer 2005


the future




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This project was part-financed by the European Union (EAGGF) and DEFRA through the Herefordshire Rivers LEADER+ Programme.