Finds Club

Finds Club restarts in 2019 with Bradgate Park pottery
Finds Club

Students marking pottery sherds

The School’s Finds Club has got off to fresh start this year with a session sorting through material from the 2018 Bradgate Park fieldschool. The club was started as a collaborative effort between University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) staff and School staff and students and provides a fun opportunity for students to get more hands-on experience dealing with archaeological finds whilst also helping ULAS process and sort all kinds of material.

This week, students took part in a finds marking session with Heidi Addison, Senior Finds Supervisor, ULAS. Emily Drummond, who is a first year PhD student, explains:

Today we were marking pottery sherds. This helps us track which pieces came from which part of the site, and also helps with archiving and preservation. Bradgate is especially fun to work on since a lot of the stuff I see is what I also helped dig up. I will occasionally come across a label I remember writing, either for finds, or for flotation samples. It provides a unique perspective and enables being part of all of the steps involved in bringing finds from the soil to the archives, especially since I have not had that opportunity in my studies before coming to Leicester.

If you’d like to join in, students (and staff!) meet weekly in the environmental lab (room 101) on Wednesdays 1pm-3pm. There are opportunities to use this time towards the Leicester Award and to supplement your fieldwork experience. Please get in touch with Dr Dani de Carle for more information or questions about Finds Club.

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