A few more Newcastle shots…and this year’s first “What is it?” !!

Thanks to Mary for catching up our readers on last weekend’s trip to Newcastle! We had a great visit with a fabulous finds specialist, Rob Collins (if you’re an archaeology/classics reader you can catch him at the AIA/APA annual meeting in Chicago in January), at the Great North Museum. Here are some more good shots from the day and at the end, this year’s first “What is it?”–let us know your guesses!

In the back rooms of the Great North Museum with Rob Collins (on the left)
In the back rooms of the Great North Museum with Rob Collins (on the left)
The crew displays the Western flag at the top of reconstructed Roman fort gate at South Shields (Roman 'Arbeia')
The crew displays the Western flag at the top of reconstructed Roman fort gate at South Shields (Roman ‘Arbeia’)
This is our first "What is it??". This is a Roman artifact that we saw at the Great North Museum. It's a copper alloy object and though decorative is also actually quite handy. Let us know what you think it is!
This is our first “What is it??”. This is a Roman artifact that we saw at the Great North Museum. It’s a copper alloy object and though decorative is also actually quite handy. Let us know what you think it is!

 

10 thoughts on “A few more Newcastle shots…and this year’s first “What is it?” !!

  1. What is it…I think it is a handle off a chest or off a chest of drawers .I have handles much like that on the bedroom dresser….Jean Taylor

  2. It looks like it could be a handle for a dresser/wardrobe or a decorative mount near the fireplace to hold the fireplace utensils.

  3. Could it be for hot cooking pots in the fire? The holes could fit into hooks on the sides of the pots and it would be universal for all the pots that size. That way the handle wouldn’t burn your hand when you went to remove it from the heat. P.S. I’m loving your blog, thanks for posting this.

  4. I’m sure I’m bad at this game, but is it the bit for a horse, with holes to which the reins were attached?

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