Foot of Avebury Down Dig – Day 6

Trench 1 Features

The darker areas are the tops of features now visible in Trench 1 © National Trust / Nicola Snashall

We’re back on site after the team’s well-earned day-off and the weather gods have been shining on us today. We’ve finished cleaning Trench 1 and the features are beginning to show up nicely. 

Over in Trench 2 we’re still finding flint aplenty but now we’re also getting a healthy sprinkling of Middle Neolithic Peterborough Ware. This is a style of pottery that was in use in the centuries just before and during the earliest phases of construction of Avebury henge and stone circles. The first piece of the day was a lovely sherd with whipped cord decoration found by Shannon and Georgia.

Georgia & Shannon P Ware

Georgia and Shannon displaying their whipped cord decorated Peterborough Ware © National Trust / Nicola Snashall

And just an hour or so later more was spotted – this time including one sherd with a fingernail impression – a common form of decoration during this period.

Fingernail imp Pet Ware

More Peterborough Ware from Trench 2. The sherd at the bottom has a beautifully clear fingernail impression © National Trust / Nicola Snashall

 

 

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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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