Fame for the kibble handle!

Today we welcomed Chris, another new volunteer to the dig site. He got stuck in to trench A… with a Cornish shovel!

New volunteer Chris in trench A.

New volunteer Chris in trench A.

In trench B, we have now discovered a faint brown line in the clay, running the length of the trench. This could be a ditch cut into the natural (subsoil). Can you spot the archaeology in the photo below?

Spot the archaeology.

Spot the archaeology.

I’ll give you a clue, it’s on the right hand side of the photo. Our volunteer Louisa is going to investigate more of this tomorrow.

More progress has been made on the Breage-Trescowe track, and it has been a great talking point with visitors today.

The medieval track emerges.

The medieval track emerges.

Trench D has provided yet more pottery, as today the pottery dump was discovered. This contained a wealth of broken pottery and test pieces, which we will now wash, pack and record for the archive. Hopefully some of these pieces will then be added to our handling collection, currently on display in Godolphin’s King’s Room.

The kiln boys reveal a pottery dump.

The kiln boys reveal a pottery dump.

After some excellent research by our volunteers and archaeologist, it has been made apparent that yesterday’s bucket handle find, is not a bucket handle at all. It is the handle from a kibble – the bucket used to bring tin and copper up from mines. Later our volunteer Keith found the accompanying chain.

Fame for the kibble handle, as a local paper visits to photograph the progress on the site.

Fame for the kibble handle, as a local paper visits to photograph progress on the site.

Today the kibble was photographed as one of our interesting finds for a newspaper article. Look out for Godolphin in next week’s The Cornishman!

1 thought on “Fame for the kibble handle!

  1. Depending on what the kibble was made of (usually canvas, but also metal), perhaps an old mining kibble was being used in the orchard? A couple of years ago I found a metal kibble at Binner Downs, Leedstown. Can’t remember what I did with it. If it turns up, you can have it to go with the other bits.

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