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