Thursday, 8 July 2010

Day 13: Wednesday 7th July

Weather: Grim and rainy.

Word of the day: Waterproofs and bad jokes.

Find of the Day: A small fragment of 16-17th century pottery. (Pictured below).

Today the student taking part in the osteology field school were looking at adult skeletons and with the help of a hefty handout were determining the biological sex of the skeletons and assigning the age of death. Above is a male skeleton.

The skull on the right is male and the skull on the right is female. There are several differences with male and female skulls which helps to determine the sex of the skeleton. To name just a few: A male's skull is robust and heavier than a females. There are differences above the eye sockets. A female's will be much smoother than a males.

This is a picture from the hand out that accompanies the task. If you look at the diagram of the male's pelvis next to the female's you will be able to spot a number of differences.

The newest entry for the Best Hat competiton comes from BA Archaeology student, Sam. Today on site he was sporting a knitted number with a peak.

Trench 17 were busy mattocking the next layer of soil.

Samantha is trowelling along a linear feature which has been half sectioned to show the profile of the feature. At the moment it is looking like it could potentially be vegetation.

A packet of 1970's Chip Sticks found.

Charlie was off doing research today but luckily he left us a drawing of his beard for Charlie's Beard.


Name: Alyssa. BSc Arcaheology student.
Likes: Shopping, ice cream and sunshine.
Dislikes: Mushrooms.
Greatest Moment: Living in Cypress for 4 years.
Can't Live Without: Friends, family and chocolate.
If I could be involved in any archaeological excavation, I'd like to excavate: Pompeii

Name: Alvaro. Archaeological Research Services LTD project manager.
Likes: Real ale and travelling in the sun.
Dislikes: lies and injustice.
Sports: climbing, surfing, mountain biking and ski-ing.
Greatest Moment: Climbing Mattehorn mountain which borders Switzerland and Italy with his brother.
If I could be involved in any archaeological excavation, I'd like to excavate: South American early civilizations.

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