Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Day 12: Tuesday 6th July

Weather: Chilly

Word of the Day: Bedrock

Find of the Day: A deer's antler.

In other news...Alvaro is going to be in the Sheffield Star!

Here is the antler found today in trench 16. In the past Manor Lodge was a deer park. This antler could be dated to the 16th Century.
A number of students who have been involved in the excavations at Manor Lodge are currently taking part in an osteology field school. Osteology is the study of human bones. On monday they were looking at adult bones and today student were given a box of juevenille bones to put into an anatomical position in labs. The task was to help the students identify the similarities and differences between adult and juevenille skeletons and with the help of supporting literature the students were able to identify the age of the skeleton. In the photograph above, Cherubin and Rebecca are looking at the skeleton aged between 4 and 6 years of age.

This is the skeleton of a 2-3 year old. The field school is being run by Dr Lizzy Craig and has 22 students attending.

A few weeks ago we found this. A Royal Marines button. We have since been trying to date this brilliant find and thanks to some research from the resident tea lady Charlotte, we can tell you this:

In 1855 his majesties marine forces were renamed the Royal Marines Light Infantry, then in 1862 they were renamed the Royal Marine Light Infantry. On the button, the s in Marines exists so this potentially dates the button between 1855-1892.

Nat and Tom have been collecting soil samples from trench 17 for flotation. This process will enable us to know more about the environmental archaeology of the site.

Here is a ceramic bead found.

This is a very interesting find. It is a bone washer. You will not be able to see this on the photograph but the small washer contains both ridges on the inside and the outside. This suggests that not only can things be screwed into the washer, but also the washer itself would be screwed into things.


We would like to now introduce you to the man behind Charlie's Beard, Charlie.
Name: Charlie. MA Archaeology student.
Likes: Delirium Tremens Beer, The Big Lebowski and Biffy Clyro.
Dislikes: being punched in the face, BMW drivers and wasps.
Would Like to Meet: a fully functioning woman with a GSOH. Enjoys long walks in the park and is preferably Scarlett Johanson.
If I could be anyone for a day, I'd be: Godzilla.
Best Holiday: Crete 2000
If I could be involved in any archaeological excavation, I'd like to excavate: Stonehenge to find the Underhenge. (Dr Who Reference).

Name: Liz. BSc Archaeology Student.
Likes: The pub, rock climbing and films.
Dislikes: Spiders and Nicholas Cage.
Favourite Films: Pan's Labyrinth, Chocolat and Clockwork Orange.
If I was a simpsons character and could only wear one outfit I'd wear: A checked shirt and jeans.
If I could be involved in any archaeological excavation, I'd like to excavate: Olduvai Gorge

Name: Samantha. BA Archaeology Student.
Likes: Swimming, ice cream and animals.
Dislikes: Spicy food.
Favourite place in the world: Home in London.
Ideal Holiday: Caribbean cruise with lots of water sports.
If I could be involved in any archaeological excavation, I'd like to excavate: Pompeii

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