I’ve been handling Roman pottery!

November 3, 2010

Session facilitator Adam explaining to me what I needed to do with the pieces of pottery I was rebagging

In a place where there is such a rich Roman history, this may not seem as exciting to Londoners as it does to an Australian, but everyone at the ‘Hands on Archaeology’ session at Museum of London seemed suitably impressed!

The archaeology collections are extensive, and in need of some rehousing, so the museum has a program where volunteers and members of the public are able to come and learn a little about the history of archaeology in London and get some hands on experience.

A short presentation about archaeological collections was followed by some information about what was required from us, then we got down to it with the artefacts! Adam was on hand to explain what we needed to do and what we were looking at and to answer questions about the task at hand as well as tell us about the material we were handling.

Although it was a small group today (all the better for me, so I could bombard Adam with questions about the program) but during school holidays, they had huge numbers of participants, and managed to get through a considerable amount of work. The volunteers that I was talking to found the process extremely rewarding and endlessly interesting.

I just couldn’t get over the fact that I had Roman pottery in my hands!

2 Responses to “I’ve been handling Roman pottery!”

  1. Jen Says:

    Ohhh! So envious! What an experience! Looking forward to hearing more about it when you are home again.

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