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Finds from the excavation

excavated items including beads and buttons in a museum display case

Some of the finds from the excavation at Rupert's Valley are on display in the exhibition. You can see more of the finds, which have not been included in the exhibition, below - select each thumbnail to see a larger image.

Glass beads © Andrew Pearson / Ben Jeffs Iron tag. The illustration on the exhibition homepage and posters shows the liberated Africans wearing iron tags like this one around their necks.  © Andrew Pearson / Ben Jeffs Textile, four parallel flat braids © Andrew Pearson / Ben Jeffs Buttons © Andrew Pearson / Ben Jeffs Striped woven textile © Andrew Pearson / Ben Jeffs Silver six pence © Andrew Pearson / Ben Jeffs Fragmented copper alloy object. Function unknown. © Andrew Pearson / Ben Jeffs European glass beads © Andrew Pearson / Ben Jeffs Clay pipe bowl © Andrew Pearson / Ben Jeffs Clay pipe stem and neck © Andrew Pearson / Ben Jeffs Glass beads and shells © Andrew Pearson / Ben Jeffs Wooden coffin for an adolescent male. Textile and buttons were found with the burial and these objects are on display in the exhibition. © Andrew Pearson / Ben Jeffs

 

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The exhibition was developed in collaboration with the Government of St Helena, the Museum of St Helena and Dr Andrew Pearson. The Rupert's Valley archaeological project was funded by the UK Department for International Development.