Monthly Archives: April 2014

Clay pipes and old man’s slipper


Dear readers, as you might or might not know I am currently taking a field work course in archaeology. Right now I am on a work placement at an excavation of Gammel Strand in Copenhagen, held by the Museum of Copenhagen. We’re currently digging layers that cover several phases of expansion of the harbour, made from the 16th to the 19th century.

Since a handful of people have expressed a wish to see photos of finds from the excavation, I asked permission to post some photos here and I got thumbs up from my kind bosses! :) So lets have a look at some of the most common types of objects we find:

Clay pipes
Used for smoking tobacco during the 16th – early 19th century. Well, some tobacco hipsters use clay pipes even today.
These are really common, and it’s tempting to compare them to modern day cigarette butts.

clay pipe 2This is what we find most of; a piece of a stem from a clay pipe.

clay pipeBut we also find pipe bowls, like this little beauty that my colleague Lise found in our trench today. This is probably from the 18th century.

clay pipe3Here’s another example of a clay pipe bowl. This one is a bit older, judging by its chubbiness.

clay pipesAbout half of the clay pipe fragments we’ve found the last 5 days in a pretty small area of the humongous trench. Yes, it’s humongous.

I don’t know what to say about pottery except that we find a lot of it. A lot. We find everything from simple cooking pots, to expensive imported porcelain from China.

pottery 2

Mixed ceramics from the 18th-19th century.

potteryFaience made to mimic porcelain.

pottery2A pretty piece I found today.

Other finds
So apart from ceramics and clay pipes we also find tons (literally) of building materials like bricks and tiles. Other finds include animal bones, oyster shells, hazel nuts, lots of glass, and some metal objects (the list could go on though).

lice combToday my colleague Lise found this: a lice comb! I love it :D It was found in a layer of soil that was deposited during the 18th century.

shoeThis last picture is of a leather shoe I have found. Unfortunately all the photos I took of it are blurry, but I thought I would show it to you guys anyway because it’s a fairly common find on this site. Doesn’t this look just like an old man’s slipper? xD





So apart from playing The Secret World I have put together some small pieces of mail this weekend:

till Sarah K CanadaA mail art envelope heading to Sarah in Canada. I love these fairytale book illustrations :)

to deniseHere’s a nonsensical postcard that will be travelling to Denise in the US.

to ericaA letter to Erica in Finland, in another fairytale themed envelope :)

to MoPAnd here’s an envelope going to my dear parents.

Easter mail and stamps


Hallvi_picture117I have been a bit absent from letter writing and blogging lately. Mostly because I work full time. But maybe the fact that I have taken up the mmorpg The Secret World again has something to do with it too. (Time flies by so quickly when you kick monster ass.)

from AnnyI have however received some lovely mail lately that I’d like to show you guys. This was a super nice surprise from my dear friend Anny here in Sweden. We used to study art history together before I moved here. She sent me a belated birthday envelope full with stamps! :O :D And cute envelopes! And a beautiful card. Thank you so much, this was awesome!

from DeniseMy dear friend Denise in the US sent me a package too! I forgot to show the items off in the photo, but she sent me starbursts (yum!), an amazing letter opener (works like magic!) and glitter tape <3 Thank you dear friend!

from julieJulie from the US sent me this absolutely gorgeous envelope with an absolutely fantastic letter! (As always! I don’t know how she does it!) Even my boyfriend had to comment on this envelope’s prettiness ;D

from mopI and Thomas got a easter package each from my dear parents, full with candy! :D The yellow blobs are chickens.. xD I also got stamps in my package! They know I can never have too many of those <3

from Rossi usAnd lastly I received this beautiful envelope full with paper goodies from a nice Swap-Bot member who wanted to do a private swap with me :)

Mail from Hampi


from AnnaI got an awesome surprise in my mailbox last week! A dear childhood friend who sent me a letter and postcards from her vacation in India! :D I love to hear about people’s impressions from their travels, and I didn’t expect a letter from her so I was swooned.

from Sarah canadaI also received this amazing piece of mail art from a swap-bot swapper :D She has clearly read my profile to tick the dragon and castle boxes! And the envelope is shimmery :3

to denise 2I sent some mail myself. This is to dearest Denise in the US :)

to MoPAnd I also sent a letter to my parents telling them about the excavation I am working on in Copenhagen. It still feels weird to use only one stamp. Doesn’t it look awkward?!