Little Millhams Finds Processing

We held a finds processing session on Saturday 23 February 2013, dealing with the finds recovered during our excavations at Little Millhams, Christchurch. The Little Millhams project is concerned with the location of the site of the Christchurch’s lost Port Mill. Structural evidence for a Mill was found in 2011 and we have recovered a number of finds from a layer of waterborne gravel and silt lying immediately above large structural timbers discovered in situ.

Finds consist mainly of pottery, thought to be of medieval date, together with some metal items,a coin and the leather sole of a small shoe. Processing involves the marking-up of the finds with their context and the formalisation of the excavation records.

The photograph shows one of our more significant dateable finds which has been identified as a continental copy of an Edward I silver penny, issued by William of Namur between 1337 and 1391, and recovered from the gravel and silt overlaying the Mill timbers.

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