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Medieval Pottery Conference

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This year’s Medieval Pottery Research Group (MPRG) conference has been organised jointly with the Centre for Historical Archaeology and the University of Leicester. Lorraine Mepham of WA has been acting for MPRG to help set up the conference programme. The conference is on the subject of ‘Ceramics and Drink’, and will take place at the University of Leicester on 2 and 3 June 2017
 
Ceramic containers were a preferred way of producing, storing, transforming, and consuming liquid beverages, and form a significant part of archaeological assemblages across Europe in the medieval and post-medieval periods. They are associated with a wide range of human activity from large-scale transnational trade, to ceremonial consumption, to intimate daily rituals within the home. This conference aims to explore the important social and economic roles that were filled by the ceramics of drink.
 
The programme features an excellent line-up of speakers, whose topics include post-medieval London pub assemblages, Lithuanian drinking innovations, Roman Catholic tea-drinkers in the Netherlands, Cambridge coffee houses and Portuguese water containers. There will also be practical demonstrations led by expert potter John Hudson. All are welcome to attend the conference, whether specialist or non-specialist - you can download the programme and registration form here
 
 

The Packhorse Inn

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South Stoke, Bath

The Packhorse Inn was one of the Bath area’s oldest and much-loved pubs. The 17th-century building, set in a large garden, is full of character: with flagstone floors, original timber beams and inglenook fireplaces. It was a refuge valued by locals and walkers alike. A cosy, friendly and quintessentially British pub!
 
The Packhorse was closed in 2012, when the brewery sold it to a private developer, but has recently been bought back by the local community after they ran successful campaign to secure the future of their village pub.  It is currently undergoing a huge transformation and refurbishment and they hope re-open later this year.
 
The pub is set within a landscape rich in history, and extensive Romano-British occupation is known in the immediate vicinity of the site.  Wessex Archaeology is currently undertaking a watching brief on groundworks in the carpark to make sure that all historic assets are correctly recorded taking the local community one step closer to re-opening.
 
Fundraising is still on-going and there are regular events and ‘pop-ups’ which are proving very popular in the area.  If you want to find out more and support this community effort you can find them on Facebook ‘Save the Packhorse’ and join them in the twittersphere @PackhorseBath
 
 
 
 

Tunnels at Larkhill

Two weeks ago we talked about the compelling WWI history of our Larkhill site with its practice trenches, tunnels and personal stories of the men that trained there. Excavations here have been undertaken by Wessex Archaeology, on behalf of WYG, for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation
This week we want to share an example of the names written onto the walls of tunnels by Australian and British soldiers trained at Larkhill. Much like the chalk block we shared last week, this collapsed tunnel intersection was recorded using photogrammetry. This area of the tunnels was discovered collapsed and was machine excavated to reveal as much as was safe.
 

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Due to the limitations of sharing a model of this size online we have had to reduce the texture quality and decimate the mesh. The result is that it is not possible to read the writing on this Sketchfab model, though it is identifiable. The screenshot below shows what is visible in our fully detailed model. Amongst the names in this tunnel are Privates Baird, Dunn, Fleming, Organ and Watson. We are continuing to research the lives and military careers of all of the named individuals we have come across at Larkhill and intend to release more details in the future.
 
This model also gives us the opportunity to discuss the technique of photogrammetry a bit more and some of the limitations we faced in recording this tunnel intersection.
 
Photogrammetry involves taking multiple photographs of the subject, covering every surface of it which is visible. By ensuring there is sufficient overlap between these photos, and that they contain all of the details that you are interested in you are able to generate a 3D model using photogrammetric software. This functions by identifying common points within different photographs, working out where each of the photographs were taken from based on this information, and then using the photographs to create a three-dimensional mesh. This mesh is then overlain with a texture generated by combining the colour information from all of the photos used in the creation of the model. 
 
As this technique relies on photography, lighting and access are key issues. In the case of this tunnel both were problematic. The bright chalk reflects the sunlight very strongly in exposed areas, whilst the areas still underground are considerably darker. Trying to expose photographs to deal with these two extremes can be tricky, and in order to avoid over exposure in the brighter areas, where soldiers had written their names, it was necessary to leave the darker areas under exposed. In addition to this, health and safety considerations of working in a collapsed tunnel meant that we could not send anyone into the covered areas, limiting our ability to photograph all areas of the tunnel intersection. The result of these two factors is a loss of detail, and some areas not being modelled, leaving holes in the mesh. These have been infilled to create a complete solid, and you will be able to identify areas where this has been done.
 
What this demonstrates however, is that even in the most difficult of circumstances we can produce a high quality model that gives us a better record of our heritage than otherwise available. In this case we have been able to record not just the writing of the soldiers training at Larkhill, but the position of that writing, and a number of other features that tell little stories about how this tunnel intersection was used. It is this extra context that can really bring archaeology to life.
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We will be releasing more 3D models in the weeks to come, but for now see if you can find the writing in the model; there are more names we’ve not shown you! If you would like to discuss using Wessex Archaeology’s photogrammetric recording services, please get in touch. 
 

My First Week in the Coastal & Marine Team

I am very happy to be the new archaeologist joining the Coastal & Marine team at Wessex Archaeology in the Salisbury office! My first week has given me an insight in to some of the various future work I will be involved with as part of this brilliant team.
 

Marine Aggregate Industry Protocol for Archaeological Discoveries

The first project I have been working on and will continue to work on during my time here is the
Marine Aggregate Industry Protocol for Archaeological Discoveries. This scheme, funded by The Crown Estate and the British Marine Aggregate Producer’s Association and implemented by Wessex Archaeology has just entered in to its 12th year of existence where by archaeological finds discovered during dredging works are reported. The scheme was put in place to keep an archaeological record of material that may otherwise be thrown away as waste material and as a result, over 1600 finds have been reported since its launch in 2005. The aim of the Protocol is to raise awareness among dredging or construction companies about archaeological finds that they may encounter in the maritime environment and the importance of recording them and making the correct people aware of their existence. It is very simple for the companies to report a find through online forms and once these (along with photographs) are uploaded to the online system, Wessex Archaeology can then take the necessary steps to make sure the information reaches the relevant people such as the Receiver of Wreck. There are information booklets online on the Protocol and how to report finds and awareness talks can be requested by companies so that a member of the Protocol Implementation Team at Wessex Archaeology will come and speak to them directly about the scheme and answer any questions.
 
During my first week, I downloaded the information that had been uploaded for two new finds that were reported and submitted to the online system on Monday 24 April 2017. The two items reported by the same vessel were a brass porthole ring and a brass and copper pipe coupler, possibly used for fuel pipes. The archaeological reports were drawn up and the Nominated Contact of the dredging company along with the Receiver of Wreck were informed. Once these were sent, I researched both items to gather more information about their date and possible use, enlisting the help of a specialist to identify the pipe coupler and its possible function. This information, along with the find’s track plot and finder are compiled into two reports (Wharf and MIDAS) and sent to the client who reported the item, the Receiver of Wreck, and to external bodies such as Historic England and the local Historic Environment Record.
 
Another aspect of this project is the geospatial data. All the finds recovered since the project’s inception in 2005 are recorded and plotted on to a single map using each finds individual track plot or given coordinates. By doing this, we can see the spread of finds and the regions where most finds are reported. The lack of finds in some regions may be due to the type of aggregate being recovered, however, the masses of finds from other regions shows the success of the Protocol overall.
 
The last phase of finds reporting is that the items are shared with the public through social media as a means of outreach and engagement to get the public excited about maritime archaeological finds. Through Marine Aggregate Industry Protocol for Archaeological Discoveries, companies at construction level are being made aware of archaeological finds and the importance of reporting them, the information about the objects are then registered in the correct places and the public are made aware of these new discoveries. It is hoped that through constant outreach in this way that archaeology will become a subject that everyone gives a second thought to and hopefully will aid in preserving our underwater heritage for the future.
 

Tarmac_0779: Porthole Ring

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This brass porthole ring was discovered in Licence Area 395/1 in the South Coast dredging region, approximately 12 km south-west of Selsey Bill. The remains do not include the second frame that would have been hinged to the remaining frame and would have contained the glass or the deadlight (a metal plate that was both a curtain and a reinforcement against heavy seas). This porthole ring has an internal diameter of 260 mm.
 
Portholes have been used for centuries to allow light and ventilation to enter the lower, darker levels of vessels and in some early cases, as a means of seeing out of a submersible. Portholes are watertight and are generally crafted from glass, secured within a metal frame that is then bolted to the vessel. The popular metals that are used to create the frame of the portholes are bronze and brass because these metals are less corrosive in saltwater. Modern types such as Tarmac_0779, appeared in 1863, where a hinged frame containing the glass would be attached along with the deadlight. 
 
It is possible that this item came from a wreck and due to the fracture damage evident from the photographs, may have been removed from the wreck site by salvagers. The second frame attached via a hinge has been broken off, possibly as a result of damage caused by a wrecking event or due to a diver removing the item from a wreck and taking the glass element. Equally, the damage could have been caused whilst the vessel was in harbour and the glass element was salvaged to be reused with another frame, whilst remains of the damaged frame were discarded in to the sea.
 
By Lowri Roberts, Archaeologist
 
 

Larkhill Graffiti on ANZAC Day

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In preparation for building Service Family Accommodation at Larkhill, Wessex Archaeology has identified and excavated a large array of WWI practise trenches. This complex of trenches is where British and Commonwealth soldiers were trained in advance of their mobilisation to the theatre of war and was in use from 1915 to 1918. The area was later used to train forces in advance of WWII and even into the 1970s.
 
In the process of excavation, archaeologists have identified graffiti left by some of the soldiers and have identified records of the presence of others through archived documents. These included a significant proportion of Australian signatures and details which have allowed us to identify some of the soldiers, research some of their stories, and on some occasions – contact their descendants.
 
The archaeologists have uncovered profound moments in time, written by soldiers before going off to the hell of the trenches on the front line. While many of these soldiers’ lives ended in tragedy, sometimes there is a happy tale to come out of the war. One such example is George John Bayley (identified via archive records) who travelled from country Victoria, Australia to Larkhill and back again. But in the travails of war, he found his sweetheart and took her home. 
 
George John Bayley from Ballarat, Victoria, in southern Australia, enlisted with the 37th Battalion Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and travelled to the UK on HMAT Persic leaving from Melbourne on 3rd June 1916. While training at Larkhill, George met and fell in love with Beatrice Ethel ‘Phyllis’ Parsons from Wilton, Salisbury, UK, and married her after surviving WWI. 
 
George took Phyllis back to Australia after the war and George worked as the Stationmaster for Sheep Hills Railway Station in country north-west Victoria and then Mont Albert Railway Station in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria. George and Phyllis lived a long and happy life, blessed with children. On the death of his wife, George went to live with his daughter, Berenice but he died of a ‘broken heart’ about four months later. 
 
The body of data from the Larkhill graffiti is likely to increase as the investigations continue and there are many more stories to tell, particularly those of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC). In the centenary years of that horrendous conflict, we should all stop to remember those who made such sacrifices. 
 
Lest we forget on this ANZAC Day.
 
Simon Cleggett, Project Manager and Peta Knott, Archaeologist
 
Copyright historic images www.ancestry.co.uk
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WW1 Trenches Beneath Wiltshire Reveals an Australian Hero

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Lawrence Carthage Weathers VC
Wessex Archaeology working in Wiltshire has identified a unique network of First World War tunnels under Salisbury Plain. The tunnels are part of a First World War battlefield used to train men to fight in and under the trenches of France and Belgium. The soldiers have left the mine galleries deep in the Wiltshire chalk but they have also left their names – over a hundred inscriptions written by soldiers training on Salisbury Plain between 1915 and 1918.
 
Martin Brown (WYG) Archaeological Consultant to the Army Basing Project said:
This is the first time anyone has found and excavated tunnels used to train the sappers and miners before they were deployed overseas. We have found them as part of the largest single investigation of First World War training trenches anywhere in the world. Our excavations have revealed this story for the first time. That we didn’t expect these underground remains shows that much is left to be discovered, even from only a century ago.
 
The tunnels are beneath a network of trenches that recreate the battlefields of France. Wessex Archaeology has cleared 8 km of trenches, working alongside bomb disposal specialists Bactec as significant numbers of grenades were still live.
 
Men from Australia, New Zealand and Canada travelled to Larkhill in their thousands to train on this unique battlefield alongside British troops after their enthusiastic enlistment. 
 
In the process of excavating the trench systems, our archaeologists often came face to face with graffiti carved into the chalk entrances to tunnels. Many of our archaeologists are of a similar age to that of the soldiers who left their mark here, and to stand in their footsteps and read their names almost a hundred years to the day was a deeply profound experience.

 

A significant proportion of the graffiti was left by Australian soldiers – often recording names, service numbers, unit details and on some occasions, cartoon-like figures. 
 
We hope that further research will enable us to understand the stories of these men. It is hoped that descendants of the soldiers will take part in this endeavour by adding greater levels of detail through stories, diaries and photographs. 
 
The Australian War Memorial hold service records for huge numbers of servicemen and already, Wessex Archaeology staff have found themselves looking in to the eyes of the graffiti artists by finding photographs! This has been an incredibly moving experience.
 
The Australian War Memorial reminds us that:
For Australia, the First World War remains the costliest conflict in terms of deaths and casualties. From a population of fewer than five million, 416,809 men enlisted, of whom more than 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner.
 
Having signed their names on enlistment in Australia, these men travelled nine and a half thousand miles to Larkhill where they signed their names in the chalk of Salisbury Plain. Their emblem ‘The Shivering Kangaroo’ provides an insight into the positively balmy temperatures the Aussies endured during their training here!
 
That training prepared the men for warfare above and below ground before their embarkation for the horrors of France and Belgium. Grenade training at Larkhill produced highly efficient ‘bombers’ who went on to clear enemy trenches whilst in the thick of it.
 

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As Australia commemorates ANZAC Day, we would like to share an amazing find with you.
 
Corporal Lawrence Carthage Weathers was born in New Zealand before moving to Australia as a boy. After leaving school, Lawrence worked as an undertaker in Adelaide. In early 1916 and at the age of 26, Lawrence enlisted with the 43rd Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force and embarked for training at Larkhill in June 1916 and reached the Western Front by November 1916. 
 
Lawrence was wounded several times and gassed in his time in the trenches. On 2 September 1918 near the village of Allaines during the battle of Mont Saint-Quentin, Lawrence- armed with grenades- stormed the trench parapets of well-defended enemy lines. Under withering fire, Lawrence delivered his grenades with great effect and ran back to his lines to collect more. Returning to finish the job, Lawrence cleared the enemy trenches allowing the capture of three machine guns and 180 German prisoners!
 
For his most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty, Lawrence was awarded the Victoria Cross but sadly, he was killed during an artillery barrage on 29 September 1918 without knowing he would receive the honour. 
 

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Our archaeologists discovered a list of names pencilled on to a block of chalk at Larkhill that included that of L.C. Weathers.
 
Clearly then, his grenade training at Larkhill stood him in good stead, but no amount of training can provide bravery of that calibre. For our archaeologists it has been an awe-inspiring season of excavation. It is not every day that an archaeologist can stand in the footprints of people like Lawrence Weathers, read their names and know their fates. 
 
There will be many, many more stories to tell of lives lived and lost during the tumultuous days of First World War. The unique Larkhill battlefield echoes with voices into the centenary years and we look forward to ensuring that you hear all of them.
 
 
Copyright historic images Australian War Memorial.

Unique First World War Battlefield Found Beneath Wiltshire

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Archaeologists working in Wiltshire have identified a unique network of First World War tunnels under Salisbury Plain.
 
The tunnels are part of a First World War battlefield used to train men to fight in and under the trenches of France and Belgium. The soldiers have left the mine galleries deep in the Wiltshire chalk but they have also left their names – over a hundred inscriptions written by soldiers training on Salisbury Plain between 1915 and 1918.
 
The trenches and the tunnels beneath them have been found during archaeological work in advance of new Army housing at Larkhill on Salisbury Plain. Archaeologists have been working alongside specialist engineers and tunnel specialists to investigate the underground battlefield.
 
The First World War is famous for its miles of trenches. Trench systems also included dug-outs − underground chambers used as troop shelters, headquarters, medical posts and stores - that were relatively safe from the bombs and bullets on the surface but mining also had more malign purposes. Both sides dug tunnels under no-man’s-land between the opposing trench lines. Once under the enemy trenches they laid large explosive charges to blow holes in the lines of trenches. Both sides played cat and mouse, digging towards each other and trying to stop the enemy from placing their explosives.
 
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At Larkhill there are dug-outs and underground mines snaking under no-man’s-land with the defenders’ counter-mines seeking them out. There are listening posts, where soldiers used stethoscopes to hear the enemy miners’ pick axes at work. There is also evidence of soldiers learning how to lay small charges to blow the enemy tunnel and bury the enemy soldiers alive.
 
Martin Brown (WYG) Archaeological Consultant to the Army Basing Project said:
 
This is the first time anyone has found and excavated tunnels used to train the sappers and miners before they were deployed overseas. We have found them as part of the largest single investigation of First World War training trenches anywhere in the world. Our excavations have revealed this story for the first time. That we didn’t expect these underground tunnels shows that much remains left to discover, even from only a century ago.

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The trenches and mines are directly related to battles fought 100 years ago: The Somme in 1916 began with a number of mines blown, as did Arras, which began on Good Friday 1917, while the Battle of Messines was heralded on 7 June 1917 by the detonation of 19 mines under the German trenches. As one officer remarked before the Messines attack, the mines would ‘change the geography’.
 
Leaving their mark – 100 years on
Soldiers training in the trenches have left their names to be found by the archaeologists. Over one hundred pieces of graffiti have been found written on and carved into the chalk of trenches, dug-outs and tunnels. The names include men who died, others who survived, decorated heroes and one deserter. The names come from Wiltshire men in the Wiltshire Regiment, from West Yorkshire coal miners, drafted in to work underground for King and Country, from the two Halls brothers who signed their names and wrote ‘Semper Fidelis’ (Ever Faithful) beneath. A poignant ‘RIP 19 Manchester Scouts’ may recall friends from pre-war Scouting adventures killed in action. 

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Soldiers from all over Britain wrote on the chalk and there are lots of Australian names too, recording men from the Australian Third Division, who trained on Salisbury Plain in 1916.
 
Steve Thompson, Senior Archaeologist from Wessex Archaeology said: 
 
This project has been very important in bringing the names and faces of young men who volunteered to fight; without really knowing what they were letting themselves in for, back into the public eye. Many of these men paid the ultimate sacrifice after travelling half way around the world to train on Salisbury Plain before heading to the Western Front...
 
The fact it's the centenary this year of many of the bloodiest battles of the First World War and that we know men training here saw active service during these battles is all the more poignant. Each time a new piece of graffiti was uncovered or a new name revealed we would search for the individuals...
 
The First World War was a European and international conflict and our archaeological team comprises people from the UK, Italy, Spain, France, Poland and New Zealand. All these nations were greatly affected by the war and its aftermath. It is unlikely the archaeological team will ever get to take part in excavation such as this again – to excavate, almost in its entirety, an unknown WW1 training battlefield.
 
Si Cleggett, Project Manager at Wessex Archaeology said: 
 
Larkhill has been a once in a lifetime opportunity for our Wessex Archaeology teams, it has been a humbling experience for archaeologists to stand and read the names of young soldiers in the very spaces they occupied before embarkation to the horrors of the trenches.
 
It may be a cliché but, having stood in their footprints a hundred years after their days of training at Larkhill, we really will remember them.
 
Australian Victoria Cross Winner Trained at Larkhill
Most exciting was the discovery of a chalk plaque inscribed with the names of Australian Bombers − soldiers specially trained to use hand grenades to attack and clear German trenches. One of the names is of Private Lawrence Carthage Weathers, who won the Victoria Cross in September 1918 for attacking a German machine gun post with grenades, capturing guns and taking 180 prisoners.
 
Martin Brown said ‘The chalk plaque and the large number of grenade fragments found show that Weathers learned his deadly skills here, on our site. He was one of thousands who learned soldiering at Larkhill.
 
Trenches
The tunnels are beneath a network of trenches that recreate the battlefields of France. The archaeologists have cleared 8 km of trenches, working alongside bomb disposal specialists Bactec, as some grenades used in training were still live! They have found relics of training from food tins to ammunition and even a tin that once held an Australian brand of toffees, while a bucket had been turned into an impromptu brazier to keep men warm and boil water for all-important mugs of tea!
 
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Hobbits and poets
JRR Tolkien was a young officer on the Somme. He lived in dug-outs and knew about the mines. The beginning of the Hobbit describes an idealised dug-out, while goblins, fight in the darkness and the fear of monsters living in the deeps (including fire-breathing dragons) have their origins in Tolkien’s war service.
 
War poet Wilfred Owen’s poem Strange Meeting talks of a dead soul wandering lost in the tunnels beneath the battlefields and reflects the poet’s fear of burial alive following his being trapped in a dug-out after an explosion.
 
By Martin Brown, Principal Archaeologist WYG
 
 

Miranda’s work experience

This is my blog of the week I spent doing work experience at Wessex Archaeology.  I've been interested in history and archaeology since primary school and I still go to the Young Archaeologists Club (YAC) in Salisbury.  Every day was brilliant and it was absolutely wonderful to broaden my experience with archaeology. I would like to be an osteoarchaeologist in a few years.

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Day 1

In the morning, I had a tour and met most members of staff. In the afternoon, I was with the coastal & marine department (Peta and Tom). I then went over to unit 2, looked at different finds to start off with then we laid out part of a plane and recorded it by taking photos and measuring it. We then took some photos of a pot so a photogrammetry model could be made, which is still probably being completed. Next, I learnt how to do detailed scale drawings of artefacts, for this we used quite a large bit of timber from an old lifeboat. I then helped Peta with finding some information from ship plans. 
 

Day 2

In the morning, I headed over to environmental where I met: Mai, Emma, Orla and Dudley. First Mai taught me how to sort through wet samples taken from dig sites, then we placed the stones, gravel and small finds (if there are any!) into the oven where it will usually remain for two days. Obviously, we couldn’t use the samples that had just been put into the oven so Mai found some dry samples which we used to find any small finds and separate it from the dirt and gravel. Mai taught me the process of separating a tray. First we had to sieve the whole tray through a set of sieves, next, starting from the biggest sieve and working our way down, we needed to find some small finds and separate them into the different categories, eg, charcoal and bone, then we had to put the finds into small bags, weigh them and label them. After lunch I headed over to the finds department where I met Sue and Erica and spent the afternoon labelling finds. 
 

Day 3

This morning I went to the Graphics and Surveying office where I met Virva and Roberta. Virva took me outside so I would learn how to use the surveying equipment. Once back inside Virva showed me how to edit the area by changing the units and adding extra points to the site. In the afternoon, I was in the finds department washing finds with the volunteers. 
 

Day 4

For this day I spent the whole day in graphics working with Nancy, the first thing I did was drawing Roman pottery then we scanned my drawings and edited them on the computer such as filling in some areas and adding a scale to the drawings. After lunch I drew some other finds including an Iron Age bone comb. 
 

Day 5

In the morning, I was back in environmental doing a different task this time I was looking at different soil samples from different sites underneath the microscope and working out the type of ground and area as well as looking at how much it had changed overtime and finding out the different species of plants that grew there. In the afternoon, I was talking to Kirsten and Jackie, the Osteoarchaeologists at the company, about their work and what they do and learning how it isn't just about identifying skeletons it's also about looking at the burial as a whole and working out why it was done in that way, and why was this person buried like this.  
I would like to thank everybody at Wessex Archaeology for such an enjoyable week!
 
By Miranda Roberts
 
 
 

New Team Member for Built Heritage

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My name is James Wright and I have recently joined Wessex Archaeology’s Sheffield Office as a Built Heritage Technician. Following my return to education as a ‘mature student’, I graduated from the University of York with a BA in Archaeology last year. Since then, I have been working as a Planning Intern for Calderdale Council, assisting with the preparation of their Local Plan (focusing on the Historic Environment Policies, which means I have some experience of built heritage from a slightly different perspective, which I hope will prove useful!) 

It was my passion for buildings archaeology and the historic environment that was the driving force for me returning to education − my aim was to secure a position in the field that I felt so enthusiastic about, and so I feel very excited to begin my career with Wessex Archaeology.
 
Since starting, I have begun undertaking my training, which will continue over the coming days, weeks and months −  next is my photographic and survey training, and then a trip to the archives!
 
 
 
 

Canterbury Christ Church University Partnership

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Over the past year Wessex Archaeology has been working with Canterbury Christ Church University to develop a series of work placements and projects for their second-year students. These form part of their new module for 2016/2017 – Applied Humanities Employability in Practice – for students in the Humanities Department. The aim of the module is to complement the theoretical elements of their undergraduate studies with practical, work-based experience. This will give them the opportunity to develop a valuable understanding of a business and work environment.
 
Mark Williams, Regional Manager London & South East at Wessex Archaeology, said ‘This is an excellent opportunity for a professional organisation like Wessex Archaeology to work with a respected teaching establishment, to help students prepare themselves for the workplace. We have had a very positive response from the students and look forward to our continuing work with them’. 
 
Watch this space in the coming weeks for updates from the students themselves.  
 
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