Archaeologists deal with material culture as the finds we unearth on excavations are just a small part of the bigger picture…
Archaeology after all is not about finding things but finding things out. Long gone are the days of hunting for a treasure that has an intrinsic material value and its antiquarianism values to boot. As professional archaeologists, we try to piece the past together linking any clues we find (or not as the case may be) to the wider landscape
Material things we find on excavations vary on a wide scale from pottery, domestic items for everyday use, the remains of building structures to sentimental items and or ritualistic objects that may be a part of a burial. These items are invaluable not for their monetary worth but for what story the item is trying to tell…how it got where it did? why did it get there and for what purpose? Whats it story?
After all when we conceive of the notion that finds from graves and burials will tell us more about the living than the dead, after all the dead don’t bury themselves
‘The art of detection for an honest reflection’
Here are some of the finds from my excavations and surveys of Ludlow so far…back to the lab
Bone I expect to find everywhere especially in medieval deposits of the historic core of the town. Every excavation so far has yielded quite a quantity and it all has to be cleaned counted and analysed. Cut marks on the bone usually indicate domestic butchery.
1: Neolithic flint (scraper) 4000 BC
Found in a mixed deposit in a trench along Corve Street so cannot be firmly placed there…However it is an indication of the wider prehistoric landscape.
2: Medieval monastic floor tiles.
Found at two sites accross the road from each other in a known monastic area of the town and not very far down. Possibly 13th -14th century in date of a good quality. The second broken tile has wearing visible.
3: Rim and decoration of a 12th -13th century jug found at a site of high potential.
This beauty found at bottom of Corve street that is inside someones house. Hardly any weathering and the carving is of a Griffin and a Lion in good condition. This looks like the same style from the expert stonemasons of the Herefordshire school of Romanesque Sculpture in the 12th century, with examples at Kilpeck and Pipe Aston.
5: 18th century glass fragment
6: Nazi 50 Riechen Fennich coin.
Found in an obscure place with other coins from different periods
7: Medieval Bullring
Possible 15th century medieval Bullring
8: Medieval Jug handle
14th -15th century part of a jug handle