Finds from buildings can be divided into three categories

  1. Items left in buildings because they were lost, forgotten or unwanted.
  2. Items deliberately deposited in a building. This deposit being thought to confer protection to the building or its inhabitants.
  3. Marks deliberately made in the fabric of the building during its period of use. These might be:
    • Marks with a practical use. e.g. scratch dials/ mass dials
    • Marks thought to have some supernatural influence; these were often seen as protecting the building.

An example in category 3. is a dog-handled ‘folk art’ walking stick.