Avebury Dig – Day 13

Barbed and Tanged Arrowhead from Trench 2

Barbed and Tanged Arrowhead from Trench 2

Trench 2 continues to produce artefacts of mixed date. And it was this trench that gave us our find of the day – a lovely Early Bronze Age barbed and tanged arrowhead. With its elongated, gently curving barbs this example is one of the less common sub-types and like so much of the flintwork from the site is in pristine condition.

Towards the  eastern end of Trench 3 we have at least two shallow Neolithic pits to add to the tree throws I mentioned yesterday – there may be more to come.

One of the Neolithic pits in Trench 3

One of the Neolithic pits in Trench 3

On the western side of Trench 3 some of us spent a good part of the day trowelling back in a quest to reveal stakeholes. You can see some of these marked by small white tags in the picture below. These may have formed part of ephemeral middle Neolithic structures. So appropriate then that we were joined in our search by Professor Mike Parker Pearson – who has a bit of a reputation to keep up when it comes to finding Neolithic structures.

Professor Mike Parker Pearson enjoying his time with us

Professor Mike Parker Pearson enjoying his time with us

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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 13

  1. national trust archaeology sw

    Lovely arrowhead, I always think I am not really a flint person then I see such lovely work and I grow to love it more and more each time! 🙂 x

    Reply
    1. Dr Nick Post author

      Glad you’re a convert! They get everyone in the end – those magical little bits of stone. There’s something very immediate about the way flint objects give us a sense of the people who made them and the world they lived in. But then again I could be biased…

      Reply

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