The training course was led by Ceramics Expert Anne Jenner of York Archaeological Trust (YAT) with assistance from Ken Shaw one of our dig volunteers.
The 15 course members learnt how to construct an accurate representation of a piece of pottery showing all its features both inside and out; starting with a complete vessel such as a jug and then in the afternoon they were shown how to ‘reconstruct’ an entire pot from just a few sherds such as the rim, the base and an imbetween piece. This will be particularly useful for the Finding Fryston Project as we have pieces ranging from the 11th to 20th century amongst our 8000 sherds!
Roger Weatherill another experienced volunteer who has also taken part in the Pottery Finds Sorting and ID, the Jigsaw Pottery and Drawing days commented. “I have been on lots of digs but this is the first one where I have been able to handle the finds after they have been excavated. Normally they are whisked away into somebody's garage never to be seen again. I have learnt so much more by being able to handle them. Because I have had to handle them at every stage I have learnt that much more about the pottery when previously I would put it into a finds tray to be sent away for washing”.
They are hoping now to take our newly learnt skills to the next level by preparing them for publication after adding ink and photographic images to make a complete archaeological record of our wonderful collection of pottery finds. Maybe a visit to YAT in Aldwark York is on the cards……