Avebury Dig – Day 9

Today started with Josh (Dr Josh Pollard) and Mark (Dr Mark Gillings) planning in Trench 3 ahead of investigating the areas that we suspect may contain features. We draw plans of areas using small grids to ensure we record everything accurately. This compliments photography and is a big help in our interpretation of the site when we get to the post-excavation stage.

Dr Mark Gillings planning in Trench 3

Dr Mark Gillings planning in Trench 3

In Trench 2 meanwhile the team’s hard digging in our 1metre squares resulted in another aesthetically pleasing chequer board, with soil samples being taken for chemical analysis.

Trench 2

Trench 2

In the afternoon we started to explore some of the areas that we think may contain features. The signs are promising. Ros confirmed that some of the pottery that we found is  Mortlake style Peterborough Ware and this lovely flint scraper came to light.

Flint scraper from Trench 3

Flint scraper from Trench 3

We pressed Ros into service again to take a look at some of the pottery found early in the excavation – starting with this lovely rim sherd of Ebbsfleet style Peterborough Ware Pottery.

This piece of rim was decorated by impressing it with a piece of whipped cord before it was fired.

This piece of rim was decorated by impressing it with a piece of whipped cord before it was fired.

Do you remember that sherd of pottery we found on Day 7  we thought might be Beaker?  So what was Ros’ verdict? Well, its not Beaker at all and may well be later prehistoric in date. And that’s why we have an expert in Neolithic and Bronze Age pottery on the team.

And finally we were joined by our National Trust, Assistant Director Operations Ian Wilson today. Ian has a dark secret – he started life as an archaeologist and he still wields a mean trowel.

Ian Wilson - once an archaeologist, always an archaeologist...

Ian Wilson – once an archaeologist, always an archaeologist…

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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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