Sarah’s second day of work experience involved more repetitive – though no less useful – work. She’ll now outline what she did today, and a few of the things she has learnt.
After day two of work experience I found out that old pottery used to have small fragments of shell or other material to strengthen it when heating and cooling. I learned how to create new layers and add things to layers on GIS. Also I looked more into pottery stamps and china. Finally, I looked at baptism records and copied them onto openoffice database.
Catch-up with Sarah’s work experience tomorrow!
Posted in 20th century, Archaeology, Events, Landscape Archaeology, Maps, Written Sources
Tagged 1910s, 20th century, Archaeology, Artefacts, Finds, First World War, GIS, Work Experience, WWI
This week Sarah is helping out with project work to find out some of the things that archaeologists do. As we’re not carrying out much fieldwork at the moment, we’re mainly engaged in desk-based research (for our current needs, this includes looking at and developing maps, and written sources, such as trade directories and newspapers, to understand the local urban landscape at the beginning of the 20th century); in finds analysis and interpretation; and in presenting this research to a public audience. This work forms part of the preparations for our upcoming exhibition.
One of the tasks Sarah has been set is to briefly describe her work experience; so over to LIPCAP’s new Research Assistant…
Hello, I’m Sarah, today was my first day of work experience on archaeology. I want to study archaeology because I am fascinated by history and I always want to learn more about it. Today I looked through newspapers from 1916 and searched for things about zeppelins/air raids. I looked at plastic materials through a microscope to see if they were made of ivory or bone. I also searched through pottery company stamps to find out what year they were made, and to see if they were in the correct time period for the project. Finally, I looked at a map on GIS and traced over houses.
More from Sarah tomorrow!
Posted in 20th century, Archaeology, Events, Maps, Material Culture
Tagged 1910s, 20th century, Approaches, Artefacts, Finds, First World War, GIS, Industrial Housing, Industry, Landscape, WWI