Monthly Archives: June 2014

Sarah’s Archaeology Work Experience with LIPCAP – Day Five

Today was Sarah’s last day of work experience, and as usual she was a great help with project work. We had a visit from one of Sarah’s teachers – so I had the chance to tell the school just how well Sarah has done over the past week. So here are Sarah’s parting words:

I have learned a lot in my five days of work experience, I found out how to use GIS, I now know how to find out the company and date that a piece of pottery was made, ect. I have enjoyed every minute of this and I would definitely do it again and recommend it to anyone. My teacher visited us today to see how we were and what we were doing, she seemed very pleased with both the project and the work that we have both done for the past five days. I can’t wait to learn more about history and archaeology in the future!

For me, providing Sarah’s work placement was an enriching and rewarding experience, as well as an honour and a pleasure. Thanks to Sarah’s school for permitting this slightly unconventional placement (as I currently work from home), and a big thanks to Sarah for all of her hard work.

Sarah’s Archaeology Work Experience Week with LIPCAP: Day Four

For Sarah’s penultimate day of work experience with LIPCAP, she carried out a task from start to finish (with only basic instruction and help), and in doing so produced information that we can use in the upcoming exhibition and in future research, and which may be of interest to those undertaking family history research in the local area, when we post this information on this project website, later this year.

This task involved looking at a 1914 trade directory to collect information relating to listed businesses (which includes the name of the trader, the trade, and the trading address) for one of the large roads within a project study area. The exact locations of these businesses were found using a search engine, and Google Maps, using street view to determine which properties still survive, and explore recent changes. Sarah entered this information into a database, and then plotted it on the 1914 historic map using QGis.

This will aid the process of land characterisation when digitising the 1914 1:2500 OS map. Sarah has been helping to digitise the 1901 OS map, which will be developed in creating a GIS layer that shows land use and other historic information for 1914.

I had a day of GIS, for most of the day I researched 1914 businesses that were located on Ashbourne road. I found the post code, address, business name, owner of business and the co ordinates. For the last half hour I rearranged polygons for houses in 1901.

Back tomorrow!

Sarah’s Archaeology Work Experience Week with LIPCAP: Day Three

Day three of Sarah’s archaeology work experience focused on historical research tasks, which consisted data entry, and preliminary analysis.

 Half way through work experience week, today I completed the baptism copying and managed to find the post codes for each of the soldiers in 1915. I learned a little more about photoshop by editing pictures and scanning newspapers. I also have some idea of how to import database information into GIS.

More tomorrow…

Sarah’s Archaeology Work Experience Week with LIPCAP: Day Two

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!


Sarah’s Archaeology Work Experience Week with LIPCAP: Day One

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!