Avebury Dig 2015 Day 4

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.

The discoidal core found in Trench 4 today

The discoidal core found in Trench 4 today

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.

Trench 4: flint scraper showing signs of wear
Trench 4: flint scraper showing signs of wear along its edge

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.

Dr Mark Gillings taking magnetic susceptibility readings

Dr Mark Gillings playing magnetic susceptibility hop-scotch in Trench 4


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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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