Avebury Dig 2014 – Day 11

Onto every dig a little rain must fall… But unfortunately today the team would have needed webbed feet to be able to continue digging. Though if truth be told as much as we archaeologists like to think of ourselves as caring types  it’s not the well-being of our diggers that normally stops us working on a site when rain reaches biblical proportions, it’s the well-being of the site. Excavation relies upon the careful observation, recording and removal of different layers and deposits of soil. So when more of that material is being removed on your boots than with your trowels the digging has to stop. And so it came to pass that on Avebury Dig 2014 – Day  11 we beat a tactical retreat.

Our very own barrow cemetery, as rain stopped play for the day

Our eagle-eyed Dig Photographer in Residence Mike Robinson spotted a new barrow cemetery, as rain stopped play



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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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