The Museum’s Archaeological Archive houses a vast collection of objects with sometimes intricate meanings and nearly always a hidden story. In our continuing effort to open-up and throw light on our stored collections this new series of monthly blogs will present an alternative ‘top list’ of London’s archaeological objects. Last month some of our unusual ecofacts made the line-up. This month were focusing on the superstitious Romans and some of their more unusual miniatures… Read the full post
Being an archaeologist sometimes comes attached with this idealised image of treasure hunting; we’re meant to find gold aren’t we? Well, the reality is that most of the time we’re just shifting soil and recording lines in the earth. However, not today! Because today is all about those rare instances when shiny stuff pops up and you get a little excited. Read the full post
We’re all just a bunch of animals sharing this space called Earth. And we have been for a very long time now. Vertebrates, invertebrates, molluscs and sponges, being created, living and dying in a continuous circle of life. We’ve got them all at the Museum of London’s Archaeological Archive, from the very small to the shelf consuming. Here are three of our favourite examples of archaeological animal remains.
Object of VIP13 – Round 3
For the past week we’ve been pitting objects against each other to determine which has been the best of those worked through during the Museum of London’s 13th Volunteer Inclusion Project. Round 1’s winner was the sword/scabbard pilgrim badge and it is joined in the final with Round 2’s winner, which is…. Read the full post
Object of VIP13 – Round 1
One of the favourite aspects of our Volunteer Inclusion Programme is that we come across loads of incredible artefacts spanning London’s history. And during our current project we’ve encountered some beauties. What we then like to do is get them battling it out, with you, The Great Blog Reading Public, helping to decide which is the very best. No real reason to do this apart from fun. So let’s get started.
I feel sorry for bricks and tiles. They sit on our shelves at the Museum of London archaeological archive alongside thousands of shiny, beautiful, sexy objects which scream out to be looked at and admired. But the brick? Well it’s pretty much a lump of clay. So how can they compete with the rest? Impressions. Read the full post
In June the tours of the Archaeological Archive will be called: ‘What, this old thing?’ and will be investigating shoes and dress accessories through the ages. In this blog we’ll be looking in more detail at three of the wonderful objects that the Archaeological Archive’s volunteers will be showing in the tours. Read the full post
“It’s week 3 of the 13th Volunteer Inclusion Program, and it’s already gone so quickly!” Read the full post
The museum’s Archaeological Archive has a long standing reputation for involving volunteers in improving access to our archaeology collections. For the past year funding from Arts Council England has allowed us to develop an entirely new project, inspired by the museum’s Collections Online project, to digitally ‘open up’ our immense collection of Roman hairpins. Read the full post