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Foot of Avebury Down Dig – Day 15 (Captain’s Log supplemental)

Although not every archaeologist or archaeology enthusiast has a love of flint, I think I may be hard pushed to find anyone who doesn’t appreciate this find recovered by Phoebe yesterday.


It is an astonishingly beautiful Early Bronze Age barbed and tanged arrowhead (Conygar Hill Type – and for those among you who know your flint, it’s a Type D according to the specialists on site).

I can appreciate a good bit of flint, but when I saw and held this yesterday I was completely stunned at the incredible skill that whoever made this must have had. Surely he or she would have been at the top of their game – the symmetry, size, shape and incredible edges of this artefact send shivers all over me. Well spotted, Phoebe!


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