As part of our preparation for the making of the Luttrell Psalter Film, Washingborough Archaeology Group (WAG) organised an archaeology field walk of a Lincolnshire lost medieval village. Finds from this exercise were used to give additional information to the potter who was recreate some of the green-glazed ware seen on the pages of the Psalter. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the short film made of the field walk.
The field walk was led by archaeologist Jo Hambly and supported by fellow archaeologist (and Luttrell Psalter ploughman) Neil Parker (pictured below).
WAG Screen recorded the process. Below: Nick Loven with video camera, Chris Roberts on sound and Jo Turner taking photographs.
WAG Screen undergraduate work placement student, Jamie Rae-Smith, also followed the action with a camera and interviewed members of WAG Screen. Below: Jamie interviewing Chris Roberts.
Below: The lost village location
Below: The coloured flags mark the location of each find, which has been carefully bagged and given a unique code. Neil recorded the exact location of each fragment.
The fragments of pottery that we found helped us in the recreation of the pottery used in the film. The large water jug carried by one of the women in the film was based on the Luttrell Psalter illumination and known archaeological finds from Lincolnshire. The jug handle found in the field (one which is commonly found by WAG) was used for the detail of the handle. We also found a beautiful fragment of a decorated pot, and this was recreated to help furnish our cottage interior (of which more later). See the short WAG Screen film below for some of the finds we made.