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Artefact of the day 17/8

August 18, 2012

The artefact of the day was found by Holly in the screen. It came from the occupational layer below the boardwalk. It is probably a bag seal for closing a bag. Slots are carved along the sides of it for leather straps – or similar. This piece is considerably smaller than the plugs we usually find, so it must have come from a very small bag, maybe made out of a bladder. This little plug has a face carved into it, it almost looks like the face of a little seal pup. If you look closely at the picture you see that it has eye lashes. This is the only face with eye lashes we have seen so far. Maybe the bag belonged to a child?

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