Kent FINDS Peace & Quiet

2050

When people think of archaeology, they often think of excavation. Just as important is post-excavation and this week Kent has been learning about one of the first stages in that process, washing and marking finds. When artefacts are found they are sent back to our offices for processing. This involves cleaning all finds meticulously using a variety of tools including, toothbrushes and nail brushes. There are various reasons for processing; so that the finds don’t degrade any further, and so that specialists can examine them more easily. 
 
The image on the right shows Kent under the stern but watchful eye of archaeologist Jo Lathan, in our finds processing area in Rochester.
 
One of the most important things to know is exactly where each find came from after the excavation. We do this by marking each find with a special pen and black ink. Each find is marked with two reference numbers. Using these numbers we can see which site it came from and which layer on the site. With the help of our site survey kit (covered in a future blog) we can tell exactly where it came from to within a few centimetres.
 
The image on the right shows Kent Marking Pottery, trying to keep that writing very small!
 
In future posts Kent will learn about the different types of material we find on site and the different information we can get from the material. 
 
But next week we will see how Kent gets on when he accompanies Marie Kelleher on a day of archaeological workshops at a primary school in north-west London.