Jan. 15th podcast on Conservation Staffordshire Hoard

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    This podcast contains a spectacular trove of information for the lay person on the preservation and conservation of historically important found objects—no matter what culture. Archaeologists have been hoarding their techniques. You, Jamie, helped bring them to light with your interviewing skills. I had to stop everything because I wanted to take in every last word from you and the interviewee. What we call in the US a “driveway moment.” A question about the Staffordshire find: do any of the objects contain identifiable Roman era materials? For example: reworked Roman broches, coins, foils, pommels, enamels, et cetera.

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    Thank you so much!  I'm so relieved that this project is being well received.  Though I don't think it's because of my interviewing ability.  I think it's just that I just assume that if I am fascinated by this material, that you will be too.  Consequently, I tend to go really deep into subjects that catch my attention (for example, the foray into food and medicine).  Conversely, it seems like there is an assumption that history needs to be simplified and jazzed up, maybe with a metal dragon or aliens added in.  And that tendency to turn history into “Hurrrrr” has meant that while there are some incredible archaeologists who are dying to tell their stories but never get the chance.  Frankly, I've been really lucky to have had the opportunity to talk to them.  :)And the best part of about this project is that I love this material, you love this material, and the subjects I'm talking to love this material.  So interviewing is essentially just geeking out with a friend over something we're interested in, and then sharing it with other geeky friends.  It's great!  To answer your question: there's no roman artifacts found at the site.  And considering that it's really close to the Watling Street, that itself is quite interesting.  The Anglo Saxons recycled material, so it's possible that some of the gold originally came from things such as Roman coins, but tracing that material is very difficult, if not impossible.  Though the glass is probably recycled Roman material... So there's always that.

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