May 12th, 2017 — Friday I-Spy

This was our first full week in the field, and Fridays are our scheduled lab day. The main task today was to wash as many artifacts as we could so that we can start analysing and cataloguing them.

Our crew is absolutely amazing and we powered through most of the artifacts we have recovered to date! I mentioned before that for every day in the field, there are at least two lab days needed. Washing the artifacts is the first step—next we have to catalogue and analyse this material. When we get to that point we’ll let you have a peek into that process.

So, it is crucial that we stay on top of things, but with this crew I don’t think that will be a problem. I think all of us were ready for a break from digging, and it was a great chance to chat and get to know each other better and take a closer look at what everyone has been finding.

To lead into the weekend, here is some more Friday I-Spy. As usual, answers will be posted on Monday.

First tray: Can you spot 1. A Bakelite pipe stem; 2. Bones from two beef shank steaks; 3. A cast-iron thumb latch for a gate; 4. A clock face; 5. A piece of clam shell; 6. A broken Eclectric Oil bottle; 7. A bullet casing; 8. Part of a saucer from a teacup set.
First tray: Can you spot 1. A Bakelite pipe stem; 2. Bones from two beef shank steaks; 3. A cast-iron thumb latch for a door; 4. A clock face; 5. A piece of clam shell; 6. A broken Eclectric Oil bottle; 7. A bullet casing; 8. Part of a saucer from a teacup set.
Second Tray: 1. Two clay pipe stems; 2. A pig molar tooth; 3. A spoon; 4. A slate pencil; 5. A thimble; 6. A maker's mark that says "England"; 7. A marble.
Second tray: 1. Two clay pipe stems; 2. A pig molar tooth; 3. A spoon; 4. A slate pencil; 5. A thimble; 6. A maker’s mark that says “England”; 7. A marble.
Third tray: 1. An ironstone tureen lid; 2. A ceramic ointment jar; 3. A glass bottle stopper; 4. A shirt button; 5. Four bottle necks; 6. A fragment of clay pipe bowl.
Third tray: 1. An ironstone tureen lid; 2. A ceramic ointment jar; 3. A glass bottle stopper; 4. A shirt button; 5. Four bottle necks; 6. A fragment of clay pipe bowl.

And that is two weeks completed of our six-week program! See you Monday.

 

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