Archaeological Finds Workshop at the Museum

Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen, Finds Liaison Officer Dorset

Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen, Finds Liaison Officer Dorset

On Saturday 15th August, Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen, expert Finds Liaison Officer for Dorset will be in the Museum’s Victorian Hall from 10.30am to 12.30pm to help identify archaeological objects found by members of the public.

If you have any finds from metal detecting, field walking or casual finds from gardening etc. and would like to know more about them, Ciorstaidh will be happy to take a look at them. This includes metal objects such as coins, buckles, brooches and tools, as well as pottery, tile and worked stone.

Finds are identified and, depending on their date and type, may be recorded in more detail onto a national database as part of the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Ciorstaidh is happy to help identify any finds the public brings in, but generally those dating to before 1700 will be recorded.

This event is FREE of charge, but a small donation in support of Dorset County Museum is encouraged.

For further information contact the Museum on on 01305 756827 or check the website on or follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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Object Identification Surgery at the Dorset County Museum

Roman CoinsBring your ’mystery’ objects along to one of our three sessions per week and our enquiries team will do their best to provide an identification for you on the spot wherever possible. The Object Surgery will take place on:

  • Tuesday: 10.00 am to 3.30 pm: All enquiries
  • Wednesday: 10.00 am to 1.00 pm: All enquiries
  • Thursday: 10.30 am to 12 noon: All enquiries / 1.00 pm to 3.00 pm: Geology enquires

The existing system where you can leave an object for identification and collect it later will continue but due to the increasing costs of administration, stationery and postage, a £1.00 donation will be requested.

For more information contact information phone 01305 756827

Bodies in Trenches 2013

Archaeology National Trust SW

A good time to review some of the discoveries of the past year. Much of what we have written here is to do with work that National Trust archaeologists have carried out themselves. However, resources dictate that I usually need to a ask archaeological contractors to carry out recording work.

Here are some of the discoveries from repairs, developments and service trenches that needed excavating this year. At some places, a trench can be dug where there is a near certainty that archaeology will be affected…even when the location has been chosen to avoid it. At others, we do not have enough information to know what will be discovered. Geophysics can help… but often it is difficult to know what lies beneath the ground.

In January, trenching for a new drainage system and fibre-optic cable line around the house at Montacute, Somerset was watched by Mike and Peter of Terrain…

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