Avebury Dig – Day 14

Well the end of our dig draws ever closer but that hasn’t slowed down the pace of discovery. In fact quite the reverse. In the tradition of many an excavation down the decades a phenomenon has kicked in that is sometimes known as ditch-on-the-last-day syndrome. In our case its not a ditch … but more of that later.

As yesterday was our last day of digging it was all hands to the pump to finish excavating Trench 3.

Trench 3: our final day digging

Trench 3: our final day digging

One of the first tasks was to make sure we’d taken soil samples from the fills of all of the stakeholes we’d identified in the north-west corner of the trench.

Sampling the fill of stakeholes in Trench 3

Sampling the fill of stakeholes in Trench 3

Adam Stanford of Aerial-Cam joined us to perform photographic wizardry capturing our trenches from a great height.

The Aerial-Cam kit in action high above Trench 3

The Aerial-Cam kit in action high above Trench 3

There was still plenty of recording to be done by hand as the team finished drawing sections and plans of all of our features (pits, tree-throws, post-holes and stakeholes) across the site. 

Recording the recorder: Adam Stanford snaps Ros drawing the section through this tree-throw hole in Trench 3

Recording the recorder: Adam Stanford snaps Ros drawing the section through this tree-throw hole in Trench 3

And what of our ‘ditch-on- the- last- day’. Well on the very northern edge of Trench 3 we uncovered a slot which had a  series of postholes and stakeholes cut into it. As is the way with these things it ran under the bottom of the section and into the grass.

The slot containing post-holes and stake holes on the edge of Trench 3

The slot containing post-holes and stake holes on the edge of Trench 3. What lies beneath those feet?

So as we pack away our trowels we’re left to wonder – what is it? Is it a structure of some sort, or a stretch of palisade or screening, or even a house? Well the truth is  we just don’t know. But one thing’s for sure – we’d like to find out. But not this year…

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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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