It’s that time of year when archaeologists are overcome by an irresistible urge to stumble into a hole in the ground and spend weeks bent double getting blistered, rain-battered and sunburnt. So here at Avebury we’ve dusted off our trowels, polished up our boots and we’re underway with the Between the Monuments team’s final year of excavation on the West Kennet Avenue occupation site.
Today we’ve been laying out the trenches and starting to strip off the turf to reveal the uppermost layers – which is always hard going. So to offer the team some encouragement (and a well deserved break) we thought we’d show them the sort of thing we’d like them to find.
We didn’t have far to go as we have the finds unearthed by Keiller and his team eighty years ago right next door in the Museum that carries his name. Dr Ros and I have had the task of introducing our newer recruits to the delights of Neolithic and Bronze Age pottery and stone tools. Some of our troops downed-tools this afternoon and were whisked away to their graduation ceremony at Southampton University. But they’ll be forsaking their gowns and mortarboards for the trenches again tomorrow.
If you’d like to come and see what they find we’ll be digging every day except Fridays until Friday 7 August. To find us park in the main visitor car park at Avebury and our National Trust team at the welcome trailer will point you in the right direction. We’ll have volunteer meet and greeters on site to explain what we’ve found and every day (starting this Wednesday) we’ll also be running tours of the dig starting at the Barn Gallery of the Museum in the Old Farmyard at Avebury.