What a brilliant first day! A team of 15 volunteers excavated five test pits around Whithorn today: behind the old town hall, behind the Post Office, and in their gardens. Finds were many and varied, including pottery, glass, tiles, bone and metal.
Pottery expert George Haggarty was on hand to identify our discoveries. Today’s best bits included a sherd of medieval white gritty ware (late 14th century); post-medieval reduced wares (late 16th and 17th centuries); lots of 18th century white salt-glazed stoneware; and other 18th century types. Our favourite piece was a knop from the top of a majolica teapot of a widow in a cloak, produced at the Bellfield factory in Prestonpans.
We look forward to another day of discoveries tomorrow.