It’s always exciting when I am handed bags of finds from work done by archaeological contractors in and on our properties.
This week it was a few objects found by Ian, while doing a building survey, they were under the bedroom floor of a farmhouse in North Somerset. The main part of the house dates to the 18th century but it looks like it could go back to the 16th or 17th centuries and was at times the home farm for a bigger estate.
I took out the bags and noticed it said wooden animal on all of them, so not the usual nails, fragments of wall paper, cigarette packets or chewed up paper from rat nests!
I took them out one by one, they were a bit nibbled but still recognizable as animals. But apart from the piggy they did not look like ordinary farm animals.
I wondered if they could be from a set of Noah’s Ark animals, I remembered seeing one at one of our properties, so I searched our collections database and found quite a few images of very similar animals to the ones Ian found.
Our animals have the remnants of paint on them so would probably have looked a little bit like the set below.
Probably more like this set from Snowshill Manor
So the rest of the title would be ….. the rest of the Noah’s Ark animals, oh! and an Ark to put them in.