News 2020-01-08 Finds Processing
We met up yet again in Chris and Lindsay's Conservatory on Wednesday to do more Finds Processing, which is the very necessary process of preparing finds for eventual archiving and also recording them for inclusion in the accompanying report. We had a good turn out today with around eleven members, as well as a new member, Shelagh present. It was a good, hard working session with plenty to discuss and pure concentrate (how serious we all look!)
Every find has to be cleaned up for examination by experts, a short description being given to say what they were, how many there were, their weight and, equally importantly, where they were found in the ground (i.e. their Context). In many situations, especially where the soil has remained undisturbed for centuries, this can help to determine their age and reveal human activity on the site over a single or multiple periods.
This is very exactingactivity, which means that it is important not to muddle either the finds (placed in their separate bags and labelled from the outset) or to muddle their locations during this process. It also depends on having already maintained good records about trenches and contexts during excavation, hence the necessary use on site of Context sheets. Over the coming weeks we will also use this time to attend training session for other aspects of archeaology, so members please be sure to check the Web's events diary.