Avebury Dig – Day 7

Yesterday brought rain, thunder, more rain and a lightning strike! Happily today’s weather was kinder. But yesterday’s washout afternoon meant that Trench 3 had to be left to drain today. So all efforts were firmly focused on Trench 2.

Getting down to it in Trench 2

Getting down to it in Trench 2

The finds from this trench are already looking different to the ones we’ve had so far from Trench 3. There is more waste from working flint and, so far at least, less tools. The first indications from the upper levels are that some of the flint working at least may be of a slightly later date (Later Neolithic or Early Bronze Age) than the Trench 3 material.

The pottery in Trench 2 seems to be more mixed too. It looks as if we may have some Early Neolithic pottery and  what we think may be a sherd of Early Bronze Age Beaker .

Is this a sherd of Early Bronze Age Beaker pottery?

Is this a sherd of Early Bronze Age Beaker pottery?

If this is Beaker it wouldn’t be a total surprise as Keiller found Beaker material buried at the foot of some of the stones in the West Kennet Avenue. Our pottery expert hasn’t looked at this yet so watch this space for an update from Dr Ros later.

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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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