From strawberries to lobster – a busy day for MOLA’s processing wing

By Jess White, Simone Rauxloh, Alba Moyano-Alcantara and Riley Thorne at MOLA.

It’s been a busy day for the archaeological processing team at MOLA, which started in the best possible way – with some of Riley’s home-grown strawberries, to get us in the zone.

Flora and Finn started on the wash tanks today. Flotation and wet-sieving seems to be easier if you have worked in a pub kitchen before. Over the last two weeks we have had university and A-Level students with us learning about archaeological processing.

From left to right: Yasmine, Shannon, Vicky, Charlotte, Jess, Flora, Finn, and Alan Pipe at MOLA

From left to right: Yasmine, Shannon, Vicky, Charlotte, Jess, Flora, Finn, and Alan Pipe at MOLA

Out resident animal bone specialist, Alan Pipe, came along to give a talk on invertebrates – by popular demand. Last week he blew our brains with surprising information on fish and animal bone. Our students from Cardiff University, Yasmine and Shannon, will never look at a lobster in the same way again!

Charlotte said: “I would have never known cuttlefish bone was used as a mould for metal objects! Just one of the many things I’ve learnt being here”.

A huge thanks to all of the students, their help is greatly appreciated!