SVCA February events – field walking and pottery identification.

Despite the weather SVCA members have already begun a busy year of archaeology. On Saturday 3rd February a group spent a happy morning sorting finds from last year’s digs. This vital work ensures that our records are up to date and enables us to plan for future escavations.

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Field walkers of all ages wrapped up against the cold

On Saturday 10th February Ashley Cooper organised a splendid field walking refresher session between the Roman Villa site and the Romano British site. Despite the bitter cold we were able to refresh our old skills and learn some new ones.

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Examining washed finds in the classroom

After warming ourselves up with a hot drink we were able to wash and examine the finds. As well as a number of burnt flints (possibly Neolithic) and Roman brick and tile we found some fossils. Ashley’s local knowledge was invaluable as he was able to identify and provide context for all that we found. Although even he wasn’t expecting to find a fossil that told us that we were doing OK – see the image below!

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A fossil told us that we were doing OK!
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