Avebury Dig 2014 – Day 13

Quite a nice day today on the weather front – lots of sun, but not too hot. Some Peterborough Ware turned up this morning, but of the ‘looking like half-chewed digestive biscuit’ variety, although one piece had the remains of a small impression made by someone’s little fingernail 5,000 or so years ago (photographer Mike (Robinson) despairs every time I say there’s another bit of pot to photograph, and you can see why..).

You see - chewed biscuit. but hte little rounded impression was made by someone decorating the pot 5,000 years ago

Chewed biscuit seems a pretty fair description. but the  rounded impression was made by someone decorating the pot 5,000 years ago; pits made by fingernails are usually in the neck of a pot, but that’s impossible to see here.

But this rather nice quern (for grinding cereal grains) proved more photogenic:

A stone showing the characteristic smooth dished surface of a 'saddle quern'

A stone showing the characteristic smooth dished surface of a ‘saddle quern’, found this afternoon

This type of quern is very typically Neolithic and is very simple: another smaller stone would be used to grind the grains in the dished area (there is a saddle quern and rubbing stone on display in the Alexander Keiller Museum in Avebury which shows them together).

We also had a visit from another member of the Between the Monuments team: Dr Mike Allen. Mike’s specialism is molluscs, but he’s also responsible for the environmental side of the project.

Dr Mike Allen taking samples

Dr Mike Allen taking samples

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