Avebury Dig 2014 – Day 12

The space age meets prehistory - laser scanning in Trench 1

The space age meets prehistory – laser scanning in Trench 1

Following Saturday’s inundation (thankfully) the sun shone as we welcomed members of that estimable institution the Prehistoric Society  who were visiting to view our discoveries on this year’s dig (if you’re not already a member take a peek at what they have to offer – if you love prehistory you won’t regret it) .

Sunday was a tale of technology, ancient and modern. This year we’re using laser scanning to help us capture the details that our excavations reveal with enormous precision. Its high tech-kit but you’ll notice from the photo above that it still requires that good old fashioned archaeological stand-by the up-turned bucket to ensure it operates effectively.

But we’ve encountered somewhat older technology today too. The stone tools just keep coming. From Trench 1 we’ve had more arrowheads including a beautifully worked barbed and tanged example.

The rather fine Early Bronze Age barbed and tanged arrowhead from Trench 1

The rather fine Early Bronze Age barbed and tanged arrowhead from Trench 1

From Trench 2 we had a nicely worked flint awl (possibly for piercing hide or woodworking – our use-wear specialist Dr Ben Chan may be able to cast more light on that in due course) and from both Trench 1 and 2 we’ve had flint scrapers. My personal favourite is the scraper from Trench 2 but that might just be because I found it…

George holding the nicely worked flint scraper he found in Trench 1

George holding the nicely worked flint scraper he found in Trench 1

 

The perfectly formed little side and end scraper from Trench 2 (in my  purely objective opinion...)

The perfectly formed little side and end scraper from Trench 2 (in my purely objective professional opinion…)

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Avebury Dig 2014 – Day 12

    1. Dr Nick Post author

      Hi Tess,
      glad everyone enjoyed it (and lovely to meet you!). It would be great to have you back next year to look at more of our furtlings Between the Monuments

      Reply

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