Avebury Dig 2015 Day 12

Well, I don’t know what we have done to deserve such good digging conditions for the last few days but let’s hope it continues until the end.  Everyone seems very chilled out and enjoying themselves today.

Josh and Dave grubbing around in Trench 6

Josh and Dave grubbing around in Trench 6

One of the best things about digging on a site with such a shallow stratigraphy is that you are into the good stuff very early on.  On the majority of archaeological sites, you spend the first two weeks digging through rubbish (and I don’t mean the interesting midden type of rubbish either) before you get down to the serious archaeology, but on this site finds were popping up almost straight away, and after nearly two weeks of digging, they are still appearing at a steady rate.

Mike undertaking some sneaky digging and the arrowhead-rich pit, now fully excavated

Mike undertaking some sneaky digging and the arrowhead-rich pit, now fully excavated

However, it’s methodical work and progress is continuing at a steady pace, the Neolithic pit mentioned a couple of days ago is now fully excavated and the finds packed away ready for cleaning and analysis.  There is also a mysterious bank appearing in the section of trench 4 – who knows what that could be, theories are wide-ranging to say the least.  And of course the work done here is the just the tip of the iceberg, there is all that post-excavation to get through before everything will start to make clear sense.

There have been a lot of visitors to the site today, it seems everyone is out and about enjoying the sunshine, including Radio 4 who called by for a chat with Josh.  In particular it’s wonderful to see so many families with children visiting – nothing like capturing the imaginations of the next generation.

Another chisel arrowhead

Another chisel arrowhead

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