25 July 2010

Saints Of The Soil

A little update on what's been happening at the excavation site:

On Friday, we'd reached a level of roughly a metre below the sealing layer. I was lucky and found a bronze fibula with an enamel depiction of a saint. It's from the Middle Ages, ca. 10th or 11th century, and the archaeologist said it's one of the best ones ever to have been found in that village (please understand that I won't be able to mention any information concerning the location). 

In addition to this great discovery, we found some more bronze fibulas, coins, iron nails, pottery, and slag. Last but not least, part of the wall of a house has been uncovered.

We were introduced to an important tool at archaeological excavations, the dumpy level, which is actually not as difficult to work with as I had imagined.

More information: Excavation; Fibula  

There was nothing interesting on the telly yesterday, so I went out to shoot some long exposures... here's the best one.

Petrol station and garage, Bardowick, Germany. 
July 2010.
200 seconds, F/10, ISO 200

Have a nice weekend.

- Dom


Brooke said...

That's awesome what you found. I didn't know anything about a Fibula until now :) the picture wikipedia had up looks beautiful. What did the one you found look like?

Dominic Doherty said...

The one I found looked a lot less beautiful, just bronze that turned into a green color over the centuries, with red enamel on it. Must've had other colours on it too but they're gone.

Anonymous said...

die tankstelle ist klasse ... !!!

Dominic Doherty said...

Danke Manfred!

AB said...

Great shot of the petrol station!

Dominic Doherty said...

Thank you!