#ArchiveLottery 2016: Intro

Adam picking objects for all the lovely tweeters

Adam picking objects for all the lovely tweeters

After a hiatus in 2015, we’re back this year with our special #dayofarch game

Throughout the day we will be exploring the Museum of London’s Archaeological Archive with you, the good Tweeters of the word helping us do so.

We have five major areas of the Archive to explore: General finds, Registered finds, Environmental, Metal and Paper Records.

Each hour throughout the day we will be exploring some of our archaeological finds interactively and completely randomly. But we need your help. Here’s what to do.

We’ll give you a range of numbers
You tweet us a random number from within that range
We head to the archive shelf that has the matching number
We’ll tweet back & show you what sits on that shelf
Simple.

We’re kicking off at 10am and will start by exploring our General finds: artefacts that are normally treated as an assemblage – pottery, animal bone, building material etc. – the stuff making up the  bread and butter of London’s archaeological material. We have over 4000 shelves of general finds in the archive, so what we would like you to do is suggest a shelf number between 1 and 4300, and tweet me @AdamCorsini using the hashtags #ArchiveLottery. We will then go to, photograph and blog about the objects we find there.

So get tweeting people and if you’re not on Twitter, find someone who is!

#ArchiveLottery 2016 part 2: Registered Finds

Now it’s time for the sexy objects, selected at some point in the past to have their own individual finds number.

To get us going how about this tip top medieval shoe from 1982’s Billingsgate  excavations. @ImAnitaSharma helped us find this by tweeting us shelf 170

shoe

This incredible piece of medieval ship was generated from shelf 352. thanks to @OldLadyBedtime for this. It comes from 1988 excavations at Gun & Shot Wharf

ship

Also this hour we’ve had a creepy Victorian doll

doll

and how about this tiny saxon bead

bead

Not forgetting this doughnut shaped saxon loomweight

weight

Thanks to @DominikaErazmus, @@bolshie_walshy, & @Kath_Creed for selecting these

Next it’s our Environmental Finds Archive. These are typically extremely small objects that take up little space (hence the small shelf range) and include objects such as seeds, pollen and small animal bones etc. Tweet me @AdamCorsini using #ArchiveLottery & a number between 1 and 40 to discover, completely at random, what that shelf holds… who’s going to be the first to get a coprolite?

#ArchiveLottery 2016 – part 1: General Finds

It’s great to be back and what a start we’ve had to this year’s #ArchiveLottery.

Our first object was from @lornarichardson and their choice of shelf 397 generated this amazingstoneware bottle

stoneware

Also in the past hour we’ve had some flint from shelf 310 (thanks to former Archive digital records office @andyfev for this)

flint

And one of our favourite items has been this roman strainer from Brockley Hill (shelf 4). Thanks to @Colmuseum’s @Jess_Dowdell for this one

strainer

Next up it’s our Registered finds: objects assigned an individual number (akin to an museum accession number) because they are of particular interest.  Tweet @AdamCorsini using with #ArchiveLottery and a number between 1 and 500 to discover, completely at random, what that shelf holds… – and we’ll post back our results around 1pm

#ArchiveLottery 2016 part 5 – paper records

To wrap up the day it’s time for my favourite section – the archaeological records.

In among our items this hour have been:

A photo of The head of Serapis from the Temple of Mithras excavations

serapis

A nice photo of an archaeologist’s backside

bum in air

A skeleton recording sheet from the Royal Mint site

skelton recording sheet

And a great graffiti covered front cover to a small finds notebook from Aldgate excavations

small finds

A massive thanks to everyone who offered a number today and joined in with our #ArchiveLottery.

Have a great #DayOfArch and hope to see you on a visit to the Archive store soon 🙂

#ArchiveLottery 2016 part 4: metals

We’ve having fun and hope you are too. Here’s the metal objects that your random shelf numbers have found for us.

Lead-ing the way is this fantastic pilgrim badge from shelf 253. Thanks to @Lucinda_Dixon for picking this number.

badge

Check out this finger ring from excavations at Hay’s Dock which was chosen via @the_deku_scrub’s shelf number, 365

ring

There’s obviously been this – Iron nails feature heavily in our metal store but really, our own @Kath_Creed should have known better

nails

And how about this to get you excited….

jigger

We’re still uncertain whether it’s a potter’s tool (It is from Lambeth close to the area’s pottery workshops…) or whether its a pastry jigger. What do you think? Either way, nice one @amelia_dowler for selecting shelf 300 to get this one.

And of course how could we do a metal store #ArchiveLottery without some unfortunate person getting this:

slag

Metals were fun (lots more if you search for #ArchiveLottery on twitter), but stick with us as it’s time for the most important bit of the archive – the paper records!!! Tweet me @AdamCorsini using the hashtag #ArchiveLottery with a number between 1 and 431

#ArchiveLottery 2016 part 3: environmental finds

One of my favourite #ArchiveLottery sections, it’s time to go small.

Included in this hour has been some fish bone

fish bone

and then there was some fruit seeds

fruitseeds

and we’ve also seen some nut shells

nut shell

Fire up the barbie as we also had some charcoal

charcoal

and thanks to @BodCons we also picked a coprolite! Poop!

poo

And they were very pleased 🙂

poop praise

Time for the metals! These objects are stored separately. A dehumidified store, sealed boxes and silica gel help us maintain these objects to a high degree of preservation as they’d slowly degrade in normal room conditions. Tweet me@AdamCorsini using #ArchiveLottery & a number between 1 and 500 to discover, completely at random, what that shelf holds…

#ArchiveLottery – Part 5: Paper Records

What will the records have in store for us? Behold:

Some lovely timber drawings from Trig Lane for @orangepornge

Timber drawings from Trig Lane

Timber drawings from Trig Lane

“Get Some Lights!!!” a shopping list of sorts from Riverplate House for @ArtiCheck

Get Some Lights!!!

Get Some Lights!!!

 

A newspaper article regarding the dig at South Grove for @WebArchivist

Ham and High at it's best

Ham and High at it’s best

 

An illustrated Pot from Bermondsey Abbey for @mattpaheenan

nice pot

nice pot

 

And some bad news for area III from Southwark Street for @TheShanTiger

Who washed all the finds away!

Who washed all the finds!

 

And last but not least, for one of @dayofarch’s founders, the lovely @lornarichardson gets a Rewrite book from Newgate Street

Try again

Try again

A massive thanks to everyone who offered a number today and joined in with our #ArchiveLottery.  And a massive thanks to our @museumoflondon volunteer @tinctureofmuse for helping to gather all your #ArchiveLottery results!

Have a great #DayOfArch and hope to see you on a visit to the Archive store soon 🙂

#ArchiveLottery – Part 4: Metals

Time to copper load of any of iron… Let lead lead the way…

First there was a lovely Roman Coin for @Haringey6thForm

Roman Coin

Roman Coin

A nice copper buckle from Billingsgate for @madgeni

Copper buckle

Copper buckle

A strange key from Montague Close for @MillieTerri

iron key

iron key

A pipe collar from Billingsgate was pretty cool for @Articheck

pipe collar

pipe collar

 

But the Chatelaine purse from Upper Marsh for @EXTEAHUT was a pretty lucky find!

chatelaine purse

chatelaine purse

 

not forgetting the all important coffin nails from St Brides for @julidy1_FLO

http://archive.museumoflondon.org.uk/laarc/catalogue/siteinfo.asp?id=1818&code=FAO90&terms=fao90&search=simple&go=Go

Coffin nails

Metals were fun (lots more if you search for #ArchiveLottery on twitter).  It’s time for the most important bit of the archive – the paper records!!! Tweet @MuseumOfLondon or @AdamCorsini using the hashtag #dayofarch or #ArchiveLottery with a number between 1 and 426

#ArchiveLottery – Part 3: Environmental

Still with us? Time for some small stuff

The environmental finds brought up lots of lovely tubes with a mixture of seeds & insects like these from Apothecaries Hall (thanks to @MyLifeIsHistory & 1886Guy for picking shelf 6!)

Seeds & insects

Seeds & insects

 

There was also a tub of parasites from Billingsgate for MOLA’s enviro archaeologist @KarenStewart

Billingsgate parasites

Billingsgate parasites

 

Wouldn’t be environmental archaeology without a coprolite or two like this one for @andyfev

poo

poo

 

And there was a nice few small fish bones from Bull Wharf for @ellie__miles

fishy

fishy

Next it’s our Metal artefacts – these objects are stored separately. A dehumidified store, sealed boxes and silica gel help us maintain these objects to a high degree of preservation as they’d slowly degrade in normal room conditions. Tweet @MuseumOfLondon or @AdamCorsini using #dayofarch or #ArchiveLottery or message us below, a number between 241 and 492 to discover, completely at random, what that shelf holds…

#ArchiveLottery – Part 2: Registered Finds

Fun fun fun!!!! On to the Registered Finds, those objects with something a bit special about them.

There was this pretty nice medieval comb from the Fleet Valley which @NatashaBarret18 was lucky to pick out

Medieval Comb

Medieval Comb

 

A fragment of hair from Custom House may have put some off their lunch (thanks to @decodedPast for that one)

Fragment of hair

Fragment of hair

 

Always nice to see some early packaging – in this case a tobacco tin to store some cool roman pottery from Noble Street (we’ll be repacking this one later!)

Roman pottery in a tobacco tin

Roman pottery in a tobacco tin

@IndianaHannah managed to pick out an amazing medieval floor tile from New Fresh Wharf depicted the 3 lions of Richard I

3 lions on a tile

3 lions on a tile

And then there was this incredible wooden door from Vine Lane which I happen to know was reused in the watersiderevetments! Nice one @xoSazzlexo

Wooden Door

Wooden Door

Next it’s our Environmental Finds Archive. These are typically extremely small objects that take up little space (hence the small shelf range) and include objects such as seeds, pollen and small animal bones etc. Tweet @MuseumOfLondon or @AdamCorsini using #dayofarch or#ArchiveLottery, or message us a number below, between 1 and 44 to discover, completely at random, what that shelf holds…