The Season 2 Blackfriary excavations finished up in September 2011, and will reopen for excavation in May 2012, but what to do in the mean time I hear you ask?
Post excavation involves looking at the detailed records made during the excavation including record sheets, registers, photographs, plans, artefacts, environmental samples and site notebooks. These records must be collated and the results analysed in order to produce a stratigraphic record of the site, and to propose an interpretation of the archaeology.
Some of this work will be carried out as part of a winter module in post excavation; this module will introduce students to the principles of post-excavation analysis, including the role of the archaeological specialist, how specialist analysis informs the excavation report, and give students hands-on experience in the collation of excavation records and the interpretation of archaeological excavation results.
Students will carry out work on the Blackfriary excavation material and make a contribution to the site stratigraphic report. As part of that we will be visiting conservation labs, looking at comparable collections and experimenting with different methodologies to assess and interpret the data. Stay tuned for updates 🙂
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