Community Archaeology on the Mendip Plateau

Environmental Group 

This group runs alongside the Pottery Study Group, and is lead by Kay Boreland. It studies the soils from the excavations at Chewton Mendip through flotation and dry-sieving. Meeting fortnightly and with scope for private study at home, the members are painstakingly looking at soils from various key areas of the dig, in particular the Saxon artisan contexts. With their home-built flotation machine and a good selection of microscopes they have already found an array of micro-evidence which would otherwise have been completely missed. This ranges from seeds, tiny bones, metal particles, hammerscale and much, much more. The photos show the group in action.

Left: Discussing the 
flotation machine

Right: The group at work on the black soils of the Saxon occupation levels

Below: Examples of finds under the microscope and photographed by Brian Irwin

L-R Fish scale, Onion skin, shrew jaw bone

Community Archaeology on the Mendip Plateau
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