Voyages to the House of Diversion
Seventeenth-Century Water Gardens and the Birth of Modern Science
November/December 2019 - Closing down and Opening up
The first few days of November saw
us lifting the last few pots from the south side of the
island and getting them safely undercover. Following the
departure of our long term finds assistant we continued with a
reorganization of the finds store and large scale washing and drying of
finds on site. It is always something of a revelation, and part of the
pleasure, to see really interesting material emerging from its coating
of mud. The first week's real find was a quantity of decorated wall
plaster, although we have suspected for some time that some of this had
been moulded the most recent crop has a fine combed scalloped
decoration, really quite attractive.
The finds hut number 1 being sorted out.
the Black Lagoon awaiting its creature... but after serious pumping we were able to access the three final pots.
... and here is Ian excavating the last of them.
For anyone who has not seen it here is the relevant Instagram feed, just three likes but more came along later.