> More comments from Paul H
sand trays do not have much give and sand is an abrasive (though this does not matter for the pots the YAC are sticking, i'm mentioning this as advice to archs who have real pots to stick) and if the pieces come off as they probably will, and fall sunny side down into the sand you will have to remove sand and glue gunk from said sherd.
So i recommend using a large grained food, in Greece I used lentils as they were cheap and my director said that this was the biggest development in Greek archaeology for years. In Hong Kong I use rice, I got a query back from supplies section about the receipt and strange looks from colleagues.
Phoenix Heritage Conservation
The views above are those of my employer-me
> From: "Whitaker, Katy" <[log in to unmask]>
> Date: 2003/10/20 Mon PM 10:32:15 GMT+08:00
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: pottery re-fitting
> Thank you all for your comments so far.
> I should, of course, have provided more info to start with:
> We won't be using archaeological material for the re-fitting exercise -
> we'll have purpose bought and broken garden and charity shop crocks, with
> carefully contrived bagged-up amounts so that each YAC member can think
> about vessel number estimation first. Depending on how well the
> pre-meeting experimentation goes, we may give the bags spurious cut and fill
> numbers and get the children to find links too.
> The re-fitting will use sand boxes for support. We'll experiment with PVA
> and UHU. Probably the actual activity will have some children using only
> low-tack masking tape; others may use glue and tape together; as each child
> will have material to fit at least two if not three pots, but not enough
> time to complete them all, they may choose to use different adhesive
> materials depending on how patient (or impatient) they are.
> We'll be using material from archaeological contexts to do rim-sherd drawing
> and to work out rim diameters. These practical activities will, of course,
> all be placed in the context of an archaeologist's or ceramicist's or
> conservator's work on excavated material.
> Good idea of Paul's to borrow an example of a badly re-fitted pot from the
> museum - I'll try to wheedle something out of Isobel!
> With best wishes,
> Katy Whitaker