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Artefacts from excavation   


Dr Jonathan Finch with finds experts Jerry Kemp and Nicky Rogers


Artefacts are a vital part of the study of the past, and crucial tools in the dating and interpretation of archaeological sequences. This module will provide a basic introduction to a range of material culture and small finds from Britain, dating from the Roman period into the post-Medieval period.

The module is coordinated by Jon Finch and is taught by two experts in artefact studies; Jerry Kemp is an expert in glassware and branded ceramics who works regularly with YAT and Nicky Rogers, who is a small finds expert and author who worked for YAT for many years. Some of Nicky's publications include Rogers, N.S.H (2009).  D.H.Evans and C. Loveluck (eds.), The Artefact Evidence. Life and Economy at Early Medieval Flixborough c. AD 600-1000 2 (Oxbow) and Rogers, N.S.H., C.E. Batey, N.M.McQ. Homes & J.H. Barrett, 2012. ‘The metal finds and their implications’, in Being an Islander: Production and Identity at Quoygrew, Orkney, AD 900-1600, ed. J.H. Barrett. (McDonald Institute Monographs.) Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, 245-53.


  • To introduce students to the range of artefacts found on archaeological sites
  • To teach students the basic principles of object identification and recording
  • To introduce students to the ways in which objects are handled 

Learning Outcomes

  • Upon completion of this module students should:
  • Have an awareness of the range of material types (metals, glass, pottery, bone, antler, organics such as leather & textiles) found on archaeological sites
  • Understand the techniques used in the identification and analysis of objects (observation, recording, microscopy, radiography)
  • Identify and record common types of artefactUnderstand - and apply - the ways in which objects are handled according to health and safety regulations
Cuddesdon glass bowl