Keeper of Archaeology at Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

Stones, stones and more stones

A depressed stone?

A depressed stone?

15.30: I’m back at the computer, working on a database of the stone finds from Arbeia fort, trying to change terms like ‘worked stone’ for something more meaningful. One entry was for a ‘depressed’ stone, which at least cheered me up.

Arbeia Roman Fort

Washed and marked finds

13.30: There’s an on-going excavation on site so I look over the trays of finds that have recently been washed and marked to see if anything of interest has turned up. It’s all pretty standard stuff. There are some nice chunks of Roman pottery, and a few bits of good tile, but the animal bone is a bit fragile. We are digging just outside the fort here at South Shields, and it is surprising how different the bone preservation is here compared to a few metres away. I go out on site to have a look at the finds currently being dug up. More pottery, tile and bone.

Dealing with finds

9.00: I am involved in post-excavation working, writing reports on pottery and finds and gathering together other specialist reports for publication. We are working on a report on the finds from a Roman fort, so my first task of the day is to sit at the computer and write about some stone sculpture.

11.30: E-mail discussions about the small finds assemblage from another site, and the frustrating lack of parallels!

12.00: I move from Roman to medieval. I get to leave the computer for a while to check some pot drawings to make sure they are OK for publication.