Hello, my name is Claire Tippins. I've been on the work placement for four months, from the Heart of Worcestershire College as part of my two year Supported Internship program; I will be giving you an insight in what the Archive and Archaeology service do once they've finished digging the site (because archaeology's not all about digging!) .
|Site paperwork: hundreds of records all have to be checked and cross-referenced|
Once the digging on the site is complete, all the artefacts go through processing where they are carefully cleaned to remove dirt, soil etc. They are dried, then marked with codes that identify the areas where they were found.
|Small fragments of a medieval bowl (left) and cooking pot (right), carefully marked with site and context codes|
|Finds from the dig in our processing room|
Then they are weighed, recorded and further inspected to identify their date and purpose.
After inspection they will either show some of the artefacts in public events or they are wrapped up, or placed in a plastic bag and placed in a box.
|Senior Finds Archaeologist Laura Griffin identifies and records the artefacts|
|Our palynologist Dr Suzi Richer inspecting pollen from soil samples|
|The finds store, where the artefacts are kept cool and dry before they are transferred to the musem|
If the artefacts are metal they are placed in a sealed plastic box with special (silica) gel that keeps them dry and helps prevent corrosion.
Another thing we do is a lot of research in trade directories, business records, wills, census records, images, books etc. We do this to know who was living there and what their occupation was, and we do come across some interesting information.
|View of north side of Lich Street during demolition, looking east towards the junction with Friar Street|
I enjoy all the work I do here, it's different every day and the staff are incredibly friendly and relaxed. They enjoy my company, I love working here!
...We didn't bribe her to say that, honest!