Avebury Dig 2014 – Day 6

Sunday most definitely wasn’t a day of rest for our diggers. Part of the team are  working their way through a substantial amount of hill wash in Trench 1. Mike (Dr Mike Allen) dropped in along with his wife,  fellow archaeologist Dr Julie Gardiner and took a look at it for us. The good news was that there was a bottom to the deposit. The bad news was that we still had another 50+ cm to go! But nothing daunted our hardy troops picked up their mattocks and ploughed on through it.

Finds of the Day came from Trench 2: Two chisel arrowheads (on the right) and a sherd of Neolithic pottery (on the left)

Finds of the Day came from Trench 2: Two chisel arrowheads (on the right) and a sherd of Neolithic pottery  (top right)

In Trench 2 we’re beginning to come down to the level at which we found Middle Neolithic material in Trench 3 last year. There’s a general smattering of flint waste flakes (known to flintophiles as debitage) across Trench 2. But the finds of the day undoubtedly came from Dr P. Josh found a brace of chisel arrowheads (a classic Middle Neolithic form). In the same one metre square he also found a sherd of what is almost certainly Middle Neolithic pottery (though to be sure we’ll be asking Dr Ros to take a look at it). It seems to be more evidence of finds, and flint tools in particular, occurring in clusters here. This is something we saw last year in Trench 3 and we weren’t the first to notice it. Alexander Keiller also noted a similar phenomenon when he discovered the site in 1934. What we seem to have are little discrete dumps of material; so now all we have to do is work out what it means…

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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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