After several months, the teams working on stratigraphy, pottery and animal bone are swapping tasks and learning new skills. The stratigraphy group are the first to go through the changeover. Lisa Brown, our Iron Age pottery specialist spent the morning with the group, and we were all fascinated to hear Lisa explain how the clay was sourced (and sometimes curated) and how the pots were made and decorated. She also showed us the different fabric types and how inclusions such as shell and flint were added to the clay to spread the heat more evenly when the pot was fired.
Over the next few weeks the group will learn about Roman pottery and animal bone in archaeology, before choosing what they want to work on the next.