Avebury Dig 2015 Day 15

Only two more days to go!

Timber post hole and with Josh for scale.

Timber post hole and with Josh for scale.

The posthole mentioned in the blog yesterday has turned out to be quite exciting as it would have held a very large timber post, with good-sized sarsen stones packing around it – see the picture with Josh and yellow bucket for scale.  The post of course is not there, just soil where it would have been but the sarsens and packed chalk around it are testament to it’s existence.  No firm date yet but the general gut instincts of those digging it are putting it at Late Neolithic.  Finds from the post hole are few, with a couple of scrapers and a small sherd of Neolithic pottery so far.  It’s still not fully excavated with quite a depth to go.  Was this post on it’s own, or was it part of a larger structure or timber row?

Chisel arrowhead, scraper, scraper.

Chisel arrowhead, scraper, scraper.

Despite getting to the last stages of the excavation we are still getting a steady flow of finds – lots of debitage (waste flint flakes) and a few arrowheads and scrapers.

The archaeologists are working hard now to get down through the last remaining deposits so that this site can give us as many secrets as possible before the excavation ends.  The spoil heap is getting higher and higher, demanding quite a substantial run up to get the spoil to the top.   Watch this space to see what tomorrow brings.

Group picture Day 15

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