After a day that was somewhat soggy in parts yesterday Day 4 has seen an upturn in both the weather and the quantity of finds from Trench 4.
Today’s offering has included heaps (not quite literally, but almost) of lithic debitage (that’s the waste produced from making stone tools), which demonstrates that there was a significant amount of stone tool production going on here during the Neolithic and / or Early Bronze Age. This included a rather nice discoidal core.
A core is the lump of flint that’s left behind when someone has been making flakes of flint to turn into tools. Different types of core were produced as by-products of using particular techniques to produce the desired size and shape of flake. Some core types were also preferred in particular periods.
The discoidal core wasn’t all that Trench 4 had to offer today. We also found no less than five flint scrapers, some of which show signs of wear, which means scrapers weren’t just made her they were used too.
Our minds turned to matters scientific this afternoon. Mark has been waving his magnetic susceptibility meter (Mag. Sus. to those in the know) about in Trench 4. Having gridded out the trench into metre squares he took readings from each square to help us identify burning hotspots. This should help us locate any hearths.