Category Archives: Foot of Avebury Down

Foot of Avebury Down Dig – Day 5

We’ve finished our chequerboard excavation of Trench 1! Now it needs a clean back to really bring out the features we’ve identified. We’ve had a Middle Bronze Age day today, with a pottery sherd in the top fill of a feature, found by two delighted students, and it looks like a few post holes have been revealed! More on this to follow…


Trench 1, almost finished! ©National Trust/Briony Clifton


We started our excavation of Trench 2 in the late morning, using the same method as Trench 1. Tomorrow is the team’s day off so they will be unwinding tonight, ready for the start of the second week on site on Sunday.


The first excavators of Trench 2 ©National Trust/Briony Clifton


Foot of Avebury Down Dig – Day 4

It’s Day 4 and we have begun excavating the remaining squares in Trench 1, taking samples from some in order to recover micro-debitage (tiny flint chips or flakes which are by-products of flint-working). This material from the chosen squares goes into sample sacks which are tied up and labelled with the square’s number; this allows us to see any spatial patterns that may emerge in the post-excavation analysis.


The team collecting samples from the ‘chequerboard’ ©National Trust/Briony Clifton

Our find of the day was another lovely barbed and tanged arrowhead, found by Dave who said it was the second arrowhead he’s found in 30 years of digging!



The barbed and tanged arrowhead from Dave’s square ©National Trust/Briony Clifton