The Post-Medieval period

The next to last layer of time is the post-medieval period. This period of time covers everything from the year 1500 to the year 1750 AD.

The post-medieval period produces more finds than the other periods. This is because of two things. The first is that because this period, or layer, is more recent and objects haven’t rotted away (or corroded) as much; the second is that more of them were made in the first place. This is the period that sees more objects being made in large quantities and a move away from everything being made by hand.

The most common finds that the PAS has recorded from this period are coins, buckles, tokens, weights and jettons.

A Ship-penny jetton
Trader's token
Trader's token
Elizabeth I silver shilling

Some of the finds from this time are our only source of evidence about really important events that happened, like battles. Musket balls and cartridge caps from guns can sometimes be the only evidence of how and exactly where the battles of the civil war were fought. When these are found it is very important to record exactly where they came from as this can tell us something of what actually happened on the day of the battle, such as where people stood and which way they were shooting! Take a look at the PAS database and see if there have been any found where you live!

Why not experiment yourself and see what you find in your garden, or a friend’s garden or the school field? Remember to ask permission from whoever owns the garden or field first though!


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