Avebury Dig – Day 5 Finds

The finds keep coming thick and fast in our first trench (confusingly called Trench 3 – that’s archaeologists for you!). Here’s a taster…

Deliberately snapped blade with trimmed edge (top) and trimmed blade (bottom)
Deliberately snapped blade with trimmed edge (top) and trimmed blade (bottom)

Like most of the flint tools we’ve found so far the snapped blade and the trimmed blade are carefully made. The people using the site were obviously skilled flint workers.

Discoidal flint core

Discoidal flint core

This was the third of three discoidal flint cores we found today. All of the small ‘dents’ you can see beneath the mud are the places where flakes have been removed by the knapper. The core is the waste product that was left at the end of the process. So far all of the flint tools and waste that we’ve found seems to fit with what we would expect from a site dating from the middle of the Neolithic between about 3300 and 2800 BC.

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About Dr Nick

Dr Nick Snashall is Archaeologist for Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site. She is fascinated by prehistoric stones, large and small, and their potential for unlocking the secrets of our past. Nick is co-director of Living with Monuments (an AHRC funded research project aiming to address our lack of knowledge of Neolithic settlement and non-monumental activity through targetted fieldwork and archival research into the Avebury region) and Ground -Truthing Stonehenge’s ‘Superhenge’: excavations at Durrington Walls (Current Archaeology's 2017 Research Project of the Year)

2 thoughts on “Avebury Dig – Day 5 Finds

    1. Dr Nick Post author

      Hi Kenny

      We’re very restricted as to numbers and have our full compliment of diggers for the excavation. But thanks for the interest and hope you keep following our progress.


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