To the Spring in Havant, where we helped provide material for a ‘Recent Archaeology’ display. Most of the work had been done by the Warblington Roman villa diggers (Trevor Davies having turned 800 loose tesserae found in the ploughsoil into a respectable ‘pavement’) and Hannah Fluck, Senior Archaeologist in the Environment Section, HCC, who produced maps and other interpretation.
A highlight of last Saturday was a ‘finds workshop’ where people could bring along things from their own garden and among the visitors was Havant’s MP, the Rt Hon David Willetts. During renovations at his house, builders had unearthed a stone cannon ball and a cobbler’s (or cordwainer’s) last. These frames were used for making (cordwainer) or mending (cobbler) shoes. The stone shot would have been quite at home on the Mary Rose (16th century) and there was some discussion as to whether the objects were deliberately hidden beneath the floor (hiding shoes and pots etc under the floor or up the chimney was a fairly common practice at that time – in order to deter witchcraft!)