Avebury Dig 2015 Day 13

Today the sun shone and we made a truly remarkable find. Not on this occasion deposited 5,000 years ago but instead deposited this very morning.

Let me explain. Every morning Alistair (Professor Alistair Pike) – sometime chef of this parish and archaeo super-scientist – sallies forth to a local supermarket to pick up provisions to feed our ravening hoards.

From  Canada with love: the postcard from our erstwhile digger

From Canada with love: the postcard from our erstwhile digger

This morning was no different save for the fact that when he arrived at the supermarket’s bakery he received not only bread rolls but post:  addressed to, ‘ The Archaeologists who buy 36 bread rolls everyday,’ It would seem our fame, while (unlike our digging team) not necessarily global, has spread as far as Marlborough Tesco.

In the trenches we’re now down beneath the worm sorted horizon (or ‘the crunch’ as its known on site) in Trench 4 and at least a couple of possible features have appeared. We positioned the southern end of the Trench to intersect with the northern corner of Alexander Keiller’s 1934 trench, which allows us to tie our excavation into his work. And now it’s cleaned up we can see once again what a thorough job he made of it.

The archaeology of archaeology: Alexander Keiller's 1934 trench (far left side of our Trench 4)

The archaeology of archaeology: Alexander Keiller’s 1934 trench (far left side of our Trench 4)

This afternoon we also had the pleasure of the company of members of the Prehistoric Society.

Josh explaining the finer details of Trench 6 to our visitors from the Prehistoric Society

Josh explaining the finer details of Trench 6 to our visitors from the Prehistoric Society

If you haven’t encountered them before and you have a yearning for things pre-Roman (and lets face it what right-minded individual doesn’t) the Prehistoric Society is a must. They have a packed year-round programme of events, lectures and visits to sites and excavations,  a newsletter and the society’s journal (now available on-line). Go take a look at their website and see what you’ve been missing.

 

 

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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 Between the Monuments (a research project investigating landscapes of residence between the 4th and 2nd millennia BC in the Avebury region) and Ground -Truthing Stonehenge’s ‘Superhenge’ (excavations at Durrington Walls) .

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