November 2018 – Finds Processing evening

John Russell summarises the DAG finds processing evening…

On a cold, dank November evening 18 volunteers arrived at the Upper Deverills’ Village Hall to process pottery finds from the August excavation at Brixton Deverill. The contrast between the gloom outside and the atmosphere inside the hall – fortified with sponge cake and tea – could not have been more stark. The evening started with the DAG Chairman, David Croot, giving an update on the August dig and we were very interested to hear of some early analysis of the ‘wet’ trench, which is already yielding information about the plant life and human activity for a range of dates that is believed to be unique in the chalklands of SW England. This is very exciting. David then brought us down to earth by reminding us why we were in the hall and gave us our orders for the evening – to complete the marking of Brixton finds and logging them by quantity and weight.

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Under the expert guidance of Dr Jörn Schuster, we all set to and armed with nail varnish, dip pens and white ink the finds were marked and processed in very short order. Such was the speed of work, several sticks of shortbread and a piece of sponge cake were also marked and had to be rescued from the finds bags. The evening made an excellent contribution to the Brixton excavation and made us all look forward to the next stages of the project. Our thanks to David Croot and Kevin McBride for setting up the evening and to Lou for providing the delicious and sustaining cake and tea!

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Blog post by John Russell. Images by Jörn Schuster.

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