As soon as I received my last OCA course I applied for a Bodlein Libraries reading card. This allows me access to all of the Bodlein libraries during holiday times.
I have visited a few times to work towards my critical review but recently I visited The Sackler Library to browse the archaeology section.
I found the following books and spent some time in the library reading excerpts and taking notes.
- When archaeologists excavate a burial some items of clothing often remain, particularly buttons. These can often help with basic identification of the remains. Military buttons in a mass grave show that it isn’t a civilian grave. Middle and upper class people often had initialled buttons.
- The Spitalfields excavation – Coffins were packed with sawdust and/or straw to both support the body from rolling but also to absorb liquid from the decomposition.
- Archaeological labelling of remains fascinates me and during this visit I started to consider the labelling in some of the images and how I might use this within my work.
- Another point of interest in some imagery was the clasps used to hold a skull together after craniotomy
- Also fragments – skulls not always complete and I like the idea of portraying unidentifiable bone like fragments with impressions.