Avebury Dig 2014 – Day 3

Removal of the backfill continued and we’re now down into untouched deposits.

Finds so far have included worked flint, possible Mesolithic bladelets and medieval pottery sherds but it’s early days…

Dame Helen Ghosh, Director General of the National Trust (in blue in photo), visited Avebury and spent over an hour at the dig, in temperatures hotter than the surface of the sun! She discussed the work with Dr Nick, Dr Alistair Pike (right of photo), Dr Josh Pollard, Dr Mark Gillings and our very own Dr Ros, not to mention the students from the Universities of Southampton and Leicester.

 

Dame Helen Ghosh, Director General of the National Trust, visits the dig

Dame Helen Ghosh, Director General of the National Trust, visits the dig.

Avebury Dig 2014 – Day 2

Our hardy band of archaeologists have been toiling all day beneath the beating Wiltshire sun.

The team hard at work on Trench 2

The team hard at work on Trench 2

We’ve been busy removing the backfill from last year’s Trench 2. And by tomorrow we should be starting to look at new deposits. This was the trench that we had all manner of finds from last year from the Early Neolithic through the Early Bronze Age and beyond. So this year we want to get a sense of what was going on here and why it seems so very different from Trench 3 just a few metres to the south where the finds were almost allMiddle Neolithic. Only time, and lots more hard digging, will tell.

 

Avebury Dig 2014 – Day 1

And we’re off! Yesterday the digging started for this year’s Between the Monuments excavation on the West Kennet Avenue Occupation Site.The fencing is up, the loos and the tea making kit are in place and, after a small episode playing portacabin shuffle, that’s in the right spot too.  

Let the digging commence!

Let the digging commence!

It was gloriously hot and sunny, which always makes deturfing a hard slog but we’ve now got three trenches open. We’ve reopened Trench 2 to finish what we started there last year, and we’ve opened two new ones: Trench 1 and Trench 4. 

We're up and running with Trenches 1, 2 and 4 on this year's dig.

We’re up and running with Trenches 1, 2 and 4 on this year’s dig.

There’s plenty more digging to come so watch this space, or better still come down and take a look for yourself. From tomorrow there’ll be dig tours every day starting from the Barn Gallery of Avebury Museum.