Day of Archaeology 2013 – LAARC Lottery! (Intro)

LAARC Archive stores

The London Archaeological Archive & Research Centre is the WORLD’s largest archaeological archive.

We’re pretty big.

Millions of artefacts big.

So how to choose what to share for the Day of Archaeology? Let’s play a little game.

Following on from the fun we had last year, we’ve brought back our interactive LAARC Lottery. We have five major areas of the Archive to explore: General finds, Registered finds, Metal, Paper Records and Environmental.

Each hour from 12 until 5 today we will be exploring some of our archaeological finds interactively and completely randomly. But we need your help. Here’s what to do.

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


First up we’re exploring our General finds: artefacts that are normally treated as an assemblage – pottery, animal bone, building material etc. – and which make up the bread and butter of London’s archaeological material. We have 6210 shelves of general finds in the archive, so what we would like you to do is suggest a shelf number between 1 and 6738, either by Twitter using the hashtags #dayofarch #LAARC or #LAARCLottery, or by leaving a comment below, which we will then go to, photograph and blog about the objects we find there.

So get tweeting / commenting!

4 thoughts on “Day of Archaeology 2013 – LAARC Lottery! (Intro)

  1. Helen Williams says:


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  3. Laura says:

    Amazing! 2679

  4. James Weldon says:


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