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Avebury Dig 2014 – Day 9

Looking south east on 30 July

Looking south east on 30 July – and it’s still hot and sunny

Progress is being made, but it’s hot work. Two particularly nice finds today though – another hint of some Mesolithic activity, and the Early Bronze Age theme continues ….

This two-tone knife is two colours because it's been worked on at two different times, many centuries apart.

This two-tone knife is two colours because it’s been worked on at two different times, many centuries apart.

The knife started out as a flake, and Josh Pollard suggests it’s quite likely to have been made in the Mesolithic, hence the quite marked patination (the white colouration – because the surfaces have been exposed for so much longer than most of the flint we’re finding). Later on, in the Neolithic, it was found and given some shallow retouch to make it into a knife. It’s always nice to be able to read a ‘history’ like that in what seems at first glance quite a simple object.

And here's our Early Bronze Object Of The Day (as it seems it's obligatory to have one): a 'thumbnail scraper'

And here’s our Early Bronze Object Of The Day (as it seems it’s obligatory for us to have one): a ‘thumbnail scraper’ (thumbnail courtesy of Not-A-Doctor Michele)

Strictly speaking thumbnail scrapers first appeared with Beakers, so could be Chalcolithic, or final Neolithic, or whatever you want to call the time when early Beakers were in use, but they did stay in use for quite a while. They’re defined by size and are – yes, you guessed it – about the size of a thumbnail.

Avebury Dig 2014 – Day 3

Removal of the backfill continued and we’re now down into untouched deposits.

Finds so far have included worked flint, possible Mesolithic bladelets and medieval pottery sherds but it’s early days…

Dame Helen Ghosh, Director General of the National Trust (in blue in photo), visited Avebury and spent over an hour at the dig, in temperatures hotter than the surface of the sun! She discussed the work with Dr Nick, Dr Alistair Pike (right of photo), Dr Josh Pollard, Dr Mark Gillings and our very own Dr Ros, not to mention the students from the Universities of Southampton and Leicester.

 

Dame Helen Ghosh, Director General of the National Trust, visits the dig

Dame Helen Ghosh, Director General of the National Trust, visits the dig.