Today we (metaphorically) struck gold discovering several very interesting objects!
First of all, a mysterious artefact – I had no idea what it was! My first reaction was ‘how dull’, but the more I looked at it the more fascinated I became. It is the shape of a can, approximately 7 cm tall, round but with a larger base than top, made of clay and grey in colour. On the surface are marks as if it had been rolled in a cloth before completely dry and so had taken an imprint of the warp and weft. As stated, a mysterious little piece…
It intrigued me so much I asked Jenny, the project Curator, about it. She told me it’s actually made from stone and was found in Cyprus. It’s a pestle used with a mortar for grinding food such as spices – what I thought were imprints are actually scratches on the stone from where it was used. I find it so amazing that even people living thousands of years ago liked their food to taste good!
I’ll tell you about the other exciting objects in my next blog.