The whole experience of participating in the dig has been exciting for me, but it is especially exciting when you find artefacts. So far I’ve found a lot of faunal bones, shell, and nails. These things can tell us a lot about the site and the life of the people who lived there. However, I particularly love finding ceramics. A strong connection with the history of the place and the people comes over me when I hold a piece of ceramic that the inhabitants used in their daily life. It is a very clear visual-material connection to the past because you can see the colours, the design, and feel the texture. To think that likely the last person who held that ceramic lived about 300 years ago is very awe-inspiring and humbling.
I found my most exciting artefact on Thursday. It was the end of the day and I had grown slightly tired of finding nothing but rocks and pebbles. Just as I was about to throw in my trowel and call it a day, a large shard of ceramic popped out at me when I least expected it. The shard is thick stoneware of a blueish-grey colour, with ridging on the inside. It was possibly used for storage, and because it is glazed on both sides, it may have been used to store liquids. I have yet to identify exactly what type of ceramic it is, but I will let you know!