Avebury Dig – Day 5

First things first – where exactly are we digging? Well we’re digging a site first discovered by Alexander Keiller in 1934 when he was excavating the West Kennet Avenue.

The West Kennet Avenue

The West Kennet Avenue

So every time I look up from the trench to catch my breath I have to pinch myself because we’re digging within just a few yards of the Avenue itself.

But despite the distractions we’ve been hard at it today. Just five days in and the team have already deturfed two large trenches and there are finds aplenty.

We’ve positioned our second trench so that it will join up with Alexander Keiller’s trench dug 79 years ago. If you take a look at the team hard at work below you’ll be able to see a small flat topped concrete marker behind the fencing (just to the left of the Avenue Stone. It was placed there by Keiller to mark the middle of the part of the midden and occupation area that he dug.

Deturfing day 5

Deturfing day 5

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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)

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