After a small hiatus from blog posts about Harvest Way I'm afraid I have to announce that the site has now been finished. The last few weeks were spent finishing off digging the wells and ensuring every area of the site had been fully excavated. We thought you might like to see some of the top finds from recent weeks.
This Keiller's Marmalade jar is interesting because it can be very narrowly dated. The Keiller marmalade company was based in Dundee, founded in 1797 as the first commercial marmalade brand. The story goes that James Keiller's wife Janet began the business by trying to make marmalade out of an over-ripe shipment of Seville oranges. The brand changed its name to 'James Keiller and Son' in 1828, dating this vessel to the 1797-1828 window.
This Pearlware transfer-printed jug dates from the late 18th century to the early nineteenth century. It is illustrated with a pastoral scene typical of the time; this side of the jug shows a man sitting in front of a building which may be a tithe barn. Maypole dancers prance on the other side.
A whole box of whetstones have been found from across the side, used for sharpening knives and scythes. Most of our collection date to the Medieval period.
The site, and particularly the wells, have been littered with Medieval jugs! Most of these jugs were broken into fragments, but this complete one survived. It has a lead pot-mend on one side where a Medieval person repaired the jug to continue its use.
Harvest Way has been a very interesting and rewarding site. We look forward to the report coming out!