Context: “Where it’s at!”
by Denice Dressel – Lab Archaeologist & Preservation Specialist
As archaeologists, we derive meaning from context. Context describes where we find an object in relation to other objects on a site. Context can be found stratigraphically, in the soil horizons, or it can be found horizontally, across an archaeological site. Another context we consider is the relationship between sites, the larger geographical region and the rest of the world.
In that vein, we recently brought some pieces of ceramic to Alexandria Archaeology, one of Colchester’s closest neighboring towns, to talk with them about what we were finding.
We were specifically curious about pieces of red-bodied coarse earthenware with a cream slip and clear glaze, similar to ceramics described in Barbara…
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