This is the Finding the Familiar archaeology mailing list for research
support and identification queries for colleagues working on
artefacts dating from c.1750-c.1950.
The mailing list grew out of the first 'Finding the Familiar' workshop,
held in Sheffield in early 2009, and organised by Claire Coulter and
Sheffield University's former ARCUS unit.
The list aims to help redress a gap in specialist knowledge as more
and more academic, commercial, and government-based colleagues
work on sites dating from the more recent past. While some
specialists are working on ceramics and glass from the relevant
period, finding information on other types of finds is often difficult
(and Google searches are not always reliable). The list welcomes
queries on all artefacts from the relevant period, and any related
issues. Announcements on future Finding the Familiar workshops
will also be posted here.
While we welcome members from all regions of the world, we want
the list to focus on supporting colleagues working in the UK and
Ireland as relevant support is already available in North America
Images are an integral part of identification - but please don't
attach images to e-mails sent to the list! We want to avoid
bombarding colleagues with large attachments that might crash
their inbox. Instead of using attachments, you may post images
to the Finding the Familiar Photobucket account we've set up for
the list. Photobucket is a free on-line image storage service that
automatically generates URL addresses (web links) for images
posted there. This makes it easy to simply post an image to the
Photobucket account, and then provide a URL to the image in your
There is a link to the page just below this introduction (in the blue
text!). The list user name is 'FindingTheFamiliar'; the password
From there, it should be obvious how to load up an image.
If you have any further questions about the list, please contact
list moderator Alasdair Brooks (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We hope you find the Finding the Familiar mailing list to be a useful