A big thank you everyone who suggested shelf numbers for our general finds LAARC lottery – we’ve taken the first 6 replies and tweets, and had a rummage around in our shelving, and come up with the following selection of artefacts:
From shelf 1967 we have a large piece of wood, from an unknown object, excavated from the BIG82 site, which amongst other things found the remains of a Roman quay. The proximity of the site close to the Thames allowed for the good preservation of organic remains like wood in the waterlogged soil conditions
Next up we have shelf 2019, which produced this piece of medieval pottery from the RAG82 excavation, in the City ofLondon, which resulted in a range of items from Roman, Saxon/Medieval, Medieval and Post Medieval periods
Now we move on to shelf 4633, where we found this piece of ceramic building material (CBM) – and which looks to my eye like a part of a stone water pipe or channel (but I’m not an expert on building material so happy to be corrected). It came from site SQU94, the former Spitalfields Market, and may be associated with the Priory and Hospital of St Mary Spital
From shelf 23 we had this set of animal bones, from site WFG3, which was dug back in 1947
For shelf 121 we had the ubiquitous post-medieval clay tobacco pipes – these ones from site GM131 – near the Old Bailey
Finally, from shelf 291, and nicely related to the above pipes, we have a rather nice example of debris from a clay tobacco pipe kiln – with unfinished bits of pipes stuck in the waste.
Next up it’s our Registered finds: objects assigned an individual number (akin to an museum accession number) because they are of particular interest. Coins would be an obvious example. Tweet using #dayofarch or #LAARC, or message us below, a number between 1 and 816 to discover, completely at random, what that shelf holds… – and we’ll post back our results at 1pm