Teresa Gilmore

Role: Finds Liaison Officer
Database records prefix: WMID

Address: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery,
Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, West Midlands, B3 3DH

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Short profile:

I've been working with finds since I finished my degree in 2002. Although on all university excavations, I tended to end up in the Finds Hut as opposed to out in the trenches with everyone else. Once I finished my degree, I started working for Cotswold Archaeology within their finds department. It was during my time there, that I gathered all the knowledge about the different types of pottery. Unfortunately due to the credit crunch, I was made redundant in June 2009. However this turned out to be very well timed, as I started working within the PAS West Midlands from August of that year. I left the West Midlands Team in March 2011 to cover Vanessa Oakden (Cheshire & Merseyside FLO)'s maternity leave, which was quite good fun and it made a nice change being a bit further north and seeing a different range of finds. Following that, I briefly went back into commercial archaeology as the Finds & Archives Officer for Wardell Armstrong Archaeology, based in Carlisle. However I never felt at home that far up north, so I couldn't wait to return back to the West Midlands PAS team.

I have worked with material from a wide variety of different sites and dates, from Neolithic collared urns and Bronze Age socketed axes to Iron Age log ladders (that required lifting from within their 6 foot deep pit) to Roman military finds out in Bulgaria to Post medieval urban deposits and finds.

I am more than happy to look at any pottery sherds or other 'eyes only' finds. Although I will admit that I am more fond of both Roman and medieval finds than pot sherds nowadays. At the moment I must admit I've got a particular interest in Medieval strap fittings, in particular the King's Head belt buckles / strap clasps.

Phone (work): 0121 348 8225 / 07766 925351
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Period breakdown

A breakdown of finds by period
Period Finds Records
Post Medieval 3022 2284
Roman 6844 2435
Medieval 2553 2115
Neolithic 92 69
Iron Age 590 428
Bronze Age 190 182
Unknown 203 186
Early Medieval 258 150
Modern 94 74
Mesolithic 40 34
Palaeolithic 17 17
Greek And Roman Provincial 4 4
Byzantine 1 1

Records breakdown

A breakdown of finds recorded
Year Quarter Finds Records
2009 4 970 648
2010 1 198 171
2010 2 1729 101
2010 3 2402 234
2010 4 277 238
2011 1 238 234
2011 2 413 372
2011 3 221 179
2011 4 12 12
2012 1 212 211
2012 2 4 4
2012 3 225 115
2012 4 511 384
2013 1 196 162
2013 2 248 190
2013 3 329 310
2013 4 402 396
2014 1 373 343
2014 2 311 305
2014 3 294 249
2014 4 347 300
2015 1 221 181
2015 2 319 210
2015 3 461 383
2016 4 82 75
2017 1 147 133
2017 2 406 189
2017 3 179 176
2017 4 116 97
2018 1 78 74
2019 2 118 105
2019 3 143 120
2019 4 264 242
2020 1 123 76
2020 2 171 170
2020 3 180 149
2020 4 145 21
2021 1 113 104
2021 2 192 171
2021 3 85 84
2021 4 453 61

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