Avebury Dig 2014 – Day 4

Day Four was as broilingly hot as the previous three, but at least there were some great finds to keep the team going.

Flint knife found in Jess and Soph's square using a giant sponge hand (not really!)

Flint knife found in Jess and Soph’s square using a giant sponge hand (not really!)

The flint knife has got some nice retouch and Josh (Dr Josh Pollard) says it looks like a plano-convex knife and therefore likely to be Early Bronze Age – which is a lot later (perhaps getting on for a thousand years) than most of our finds.

A large flint scraper  found by David on his first day

A large flint scraper found by David on his first day

The scraper, on the other hand, is more likely to be of the same date as the other finds and around 5,000 years old.

There's no way of making this look good - but it's a really interesting piece of pot (no, really, it is!)

There’s no way of making this look good – but it’s a really interesting piece of pot (no, really, it is!)

But this is probably the best find of the day – even though it looks like a piece of mud – because we think it’s a piece of Bronze Age pottery. If it is (and we need to have a look at it under a microscope before we can be sure) then it would seem to go with the knife that came up today, a barbed and tanged arrowhead that came up last year, and a jet bead found in this area in 1934 by Alexander Keiller. So a bit of an Early Bronze Age thing going on here – which we didn’t really expect.

There’s no digging on Friday as the team are having a well-deserved rest, so next update on Saturday 26th.

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About Dr Ros

Dr Ros Cleal is the National Trust Curator for the Alexander Keiller Museum, Avebury. As well as caring for and sharing the internationally significant musuem collections Ros has found time to become a leading expert in Neolithic and Bronze Age pottery. She is also co-author of 'Stonehenge in its Landscape. Twentieth Century Excavations'.

2 thoughts on “Avebury Dig 2014 – Day 4

  1. davidmalmesbury

    It was a pleasure and a privilege to help on the West Kennet Avenue excavation. Good to meet everyone involved and thanks to the frustrated hockey player for the blister repair kit! After more than three years out of field archaeology I’m a bit soft, but I will be back for more.

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  2. Pingback: Avebury Dig 2014 – Day 7 | FragmeNTs

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