Sixteenth Dig Day – Friday 14th June 2013

Looking S towards front of house (under tarpaulin) from garden/farmyard wall

Looking S towards front of house (under tarpaulin) from garden/farmyard wall

Yet another amazing dig day; finds with practically every insertion of the trowel.

Finds trays

Finds trays

Our small finds of shards of glass, ceramic, metal & plastic weighed over 4kg! The rain earlier in the week had dampened down the dust so it was much nicer digging than last week.

Finds included:

  • Finds, including brown teapot spout

    Finds, including brown teapot spout.

    A fair quantity of ceramic shards, of various fabrics, with and without patterns, including our first teapot spout (in brown fabric & glaze) were found;

  • Limb of ceramic figurine, pen nib, light bulb, and piece of red plastic

    Limb of ceramic figurine, pen nib, light bulb, and piece of red plastic.

    Also, another limb from our ceramic figurine (no body or head as yet);

  • Fountain pen nib

    Fountain pen nib.

    A 14 ct gold fountain pen nib with screw threaded holder in dark coloured hardened rubber(?) in amazingly good condition (post 1920?);

  • Shippams fish/meat paste jar shards, and other finds

    Shippams fish/meat paste jar shards, and other finds.

    Several shards of the iconic Shippams meat paste jars (post 1905);

  • Milk bottle shards from Woodingdean Dairy(?) and other finds.

    Milk bottle shards from Woodingdean Dairy(?) and other finds.

    Milk bottle shards with red painted writing possibly from the Woodingdean Dairy (post 1920’s);

  • Electrode, and other finds

    Electrode, and other finds.

    More carbon electrodes(?) with waxed paper insulation around one of its ‘terminals’ (post 1920’s);

  • Red plastic wire insulation(?)

    Red plastic wire insulation(?)

    A small curved hollow piece of bright red plastic such as would be used to insulate small diameter wiring (1940’s?);

  • Light bulb - with intact filament!

    Light bulb – with intact filament!

    And my personal favourite, a completely intact (including the filament!) medium small screw fitting light bulb such as might be used for Christmas tree lighting.

  • Corrugated iron sheet and other finds.

    Corrugated iron sheet and other finds.

    Also found were a range of metal finds, including rusty nails, short pieces of barbed wire, a spanner-like tool for undoing a square nut, and a large sheet of galvanised corrugated iron in good condition (extends beyond trench so only partially excavated.

Due to the depth at which they were found they were possibly deposited in a hole in the ground in the corner between the front door, the garden/farmyard wall, and the outside toilet. The top of this context was full of collapsed wall rubble, the lower part was of a garden soil. The extent of the context has been hard to determine since WW2 shelling has done much damage in its vicinity. The assemblage of finds suggests they may all belong to the 20th century, probably the second quarter, and from their context, before 1945 – though perhaps this just reflects a general increase in material goods (identifiable & otherwise) with the passage of time.

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