The afternoon shift consisted of Rob, Debbie, Sharon, Janice and myself. the three conservation volunteers worked on a block lifted spearhead, group of iron linked bars (chain?) and another spearhead, not in soil block.
We had a visitor who is very keen to get involved with our project – having recently been made homeless and living in the shelter down the road… he said he has been a long time fan of Time Team and would be really pleased to be involved. I sadly told him that I am not doing any more training until new funding comes in, but he can help with the review this summer. He is happy with that and popping his cv through our door on Monday. Next week I have meetings with the KCC Arts & Regeneration officer and the Swale “Troubled Families’ Agenda representative to explore further opportunities to offer heritage science and experimental archaeology activities.
Tom dropped over to show off his latest CSI T-shirt… getting ready to sell them at our travelling exhibition for Artists in the Woods at Oare Gunpowder Works, Faversham on Sunday July 8th and the Olympic Torch Event in Faversham on the 19th.
The rest of our day was spent discussing plans for this summer’s grave by grave review… Last summer volunteers compiled a database of objects with mineral preserved organics (MPOs), hrs. spent, technical details discovered, and suggestions for further work needed, this summer I will create a new form, for collecting details about grave groups – eg. whether or not artefacts appear to belong together or not, how they relate to each other and the inferred body placement, wood grain directions ets. Being married to a wood specialist, this rolled into an evening discussion at home about Anglo-Saxon coffins and boat fragments in graves etc… Damian is interested in seeing the iron ‘dogs’ or small clamps and nails which probably relate to burial furniture… (made note to myself – must twist his arm to come give a talk to the volunteers about his experience with Anglo-Saxon wood working and grave material in particular !!)
In the Evening:
Rob emailed me his Hands on the Past poster to advertise summer workshops we are planing to offer. He also created a new version of the warrior, with lengthened sword & scabbard + inlay added to spearhead (this gave me the idea that we should produce a “spot the Difference” book of Rob’s drawings – before and after being tweeked by specialists’ corrections). He also mocked up the design for the first of our line of ‘Rob Bloomfield for CSI ‘Tees…
And this brings us to the close of reporting on another full and diverse day at CSI: Sittingbourne.