Durrington Dig Nominated for Research Project of the Year Award

Mike Parker Pearson celebrating finding the base of the western post hole © National Trust Abby George

Didn’t they do well! Mike Parker and some of our Durrington Dig team in action this summer ©National Trust Abby George

This summer our Durrington Dig in the Stonehenge landscape revealed a major new monument that had been hidden from view for the last 4,500 years beneath the bank of Durrington Walls henge. The dig was a partnership project between the Stonehenge Riverside Project, the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project and our team here at the National Trust.

Now Current Archaeology have recognised our team’s achievements by nominating us for their Research Project of the Year Award 2017.

You can find out more about what we got up to and cast your vote by visiting the Current Archaeology website.

Living With Monuments gets underway

An exciting new project has now begun in earnest at Avebury. The National Trust has teamed up once again with the Universities of Southampton and Leicester and Allen Environmental Archaeology (Between the Monuments 2013-15), and with the Universities of Ghent and Cambridge, supporting them in Living with Monuments, a new collaborative research project.

Last week we kicked things off with two days of surface collection (field walking) under beautiful big skies and in the company of three deer. The finds were not coming thick and fast, but we were cheering ourselves up with the fact that an ‘archaeological void’ of sorts is actually very interesting and intriguing.

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This is only the beginning of what promises to be a thrilling archaeological project taking place in this world famous site over the next few years, building upon the previous work of the Between the Monuments project in the hopes of learning more about this extraordinary landscape.

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The spectacular sky as we packed up at the end of the second day ©National Trust/B.Clifton