1. The Romans
Every object from an archaeological dig has a story, so my aim is to support a teaching schedule by leading a ‘show and tell’ with objects, to explore themes, such as how did Roman people dress, or what and how did they eat? Many Roman objects, such as house keys, jewellery, writing materials, and kitchen pots have modern counterparts, and it helps to show the Roman alongside the modern. Below is a selection of objects for people to handle.
The owner’s name GAIVS scratched on the base of a cup; a bronze brooch c. 50AD; cat and running dog footprints on a brick; lamps.
House keys; styli for writing on waxed tablets; cosmetic jar and dress or hair pins.
Tableware imported from Gaul: potter’s stamp DOCCALI; cups; man on couch playing a lyre, decoration from a bowl.
Scissors, and spindle for spinning wool; shoe soles; grain imported from Egypt region, burnt in a London shop by Boudica c. 60AD; the spout of a baby’s feeding bottle.
2. Reconstructing the past.
A range of objects, many of medieval and later date, have fascinating stories:
Bronze Age axe, c.1000BC;15th century cooking pot; bottle of French wine from wreck of Amsterdam of 1749 at Hastings.
18th century pewter plate and 17th century spoon; reverse inscription on plate refers to the historic ‘Bear at the Bridgefoot’ inn by London Bridge; and an 18th century wig curler.
18th century medicine jar; and replica jar with traditional ointment to cure all ills (very strong smell!); and a wine glass of c.1750.
18th century delft ware plate.