The lab has been bustling with all our volunteers working their shifts over the last couple of weeks and it's certainly paying us dividends. Viki noticed this morning we had cleaned nearly two thousand coins this month so far so our work rate seems to be going up and up.

For those who are waiting for more detailed coin information I'm afraid I'm going to have to delay you.  I'm off work with leave and training for two weeks now and there's been so much to do that I haven't had time to prepare a piece that would do them justice.  This is just a quick bit before I'm off therefore.

Actually the training will be good as it's about making electroform copies of metal items.  This may well be useful for us as we are finding more and more jewellery and having copies for display/loans etc. will be very useful.  It should be fun as well as the course is in the middle of Denmark with a great guy called Benner Larsen who I have trained with before and the man's work is amazing.

Along with the thousands of coins we have found a couple of nice jewellery pieces this week.  One was a crushed flat gold object about 3 x 1.5cm.  Once it was cleaned ww could see that it was a section of hollow gold torque squeezed flat and then folded over again and again.  Interestingly it shows us a good cross section and we can see than the walls of the torque are about 1mm thick.  We have also found a small gold domed object.  To modern eyes it looks like a button cover but we haven't had any chance to research it yet and I don't know what it's original purpose was.  That's about it for now so I'll get back with more news in a couple of weeks.