Day of Museum Archaeology

A day of archaeology, as previously eluded the world of Museum Archaeology inevitably takes you into other spheres. On the face of the Archaeology collections of the Museum of London, including the London Archaeological Archive and Research Centre (LAARC) and the Centre for Human Bioarchaeology (CHB) should be enough for any day. The job brings you into contact with a host of other related and not so related matters.

Recently we had sixty interns form Bloomberg to learn about Roman London and have after hours access to the gallery.  So perhaps the first question is why?  Bloomberg are the client for Museum of London Archaeology (MoLA) excavations in the Walbrook Valley, and although the excavations are largely complete its important to carry on the conversations with Bloomberg, and speaking to a group of interns puts this major MoLA programme and its place in a wider Roman London landscape into the minds of people some of which may be the first occupants of the new building.

This week we saw the retirement party for Cath Ross, the Director of Collections and Learning Division, that public archaeology is part of at the Museum of London. There was a fine ‘eat less protein’ cake, possibly instructions I will not be following.

The position of archaeology within a division that includes Learning is vital, we have close links to our learning colleagues, this year’s training and community excavation had a huge input from learning, and flourished as a result. The evaluation revealed very high level of satisfaction form both community and training excavation.

How could Day of Archaeology be complete without @adamcorsini running LAARC bingo at Eagle Wharf Road. Folk in the twittersphere call out shelf numbers, and Adam and others investigate and disseminate what is on the shelf in the world’s biggest archaeological archive. The results of the bingo can be seen here

It just under lines what a great job the LAARC staff do, they are not specialists in any of these material types, but know London archaeology and have a broad subject knowledge and can engage at the drop of a hat.

Onwards with what to do the CHB database, I guess you osteologists out there still want to see all this top quality data on line?