Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Digging test pits is fun! Vanessa, Tung and I found multiple objects in test pit 3B. Starting off we unearthed several square nails.
And then at about 27cm we found the above object embedded in the East side of the pit. We carefully dug around it with our trowels and what appears to be a portion of a terracotta brick popped out. I used a dime for measurement in situ as my ruler does not photograph well.
But I had the most fun finding the tiny object in the photo above (sorry about the bad picture). We found the small object while screening the last of the 22-30cm level. It is an appx 1cm and 1cm folded metal object. On one side a small cross has been stamped (or cut) out. It has a verdigris patina and small spots of gold. Perhaps a clasp for a book? We got so excited that while trying to photgraph it we dropped it and had to spend some time on hands and knees recovering it. Prof. Hartley happened to be at our site and dryly mentioned that it might be better to photograph it in the laboratory as opposed to the field.
Can't wait until next week when we can open up a 1 x 1!