Monday, 11 October 2010

Literacy at Binchester

As term starts, we are getting back on course with the post-excavation work on the proejct. This includes tackling the huge amount of finds work that needs dealing with. Recently, Jenny Jones has been X-raying some of the ironwork recovered from site, which has thrown up some interesting results. What we thought was rather a nice knife blade has turned out to be a pierced iron bar, but another object (see picture) has turned out to be a simple iron stylus, probably used for writing on wax or wooden tablets- a nice indicator of literacy at the site.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, that's a nice discovery. The knife turned out to be a simple iron stylus, huh? That must've been used back in the ancient times. People then really used artifacts that were made out from their creativity! Genius, aren't they?

    --Carl Patten