Durrington Walls Dig 2016: Refitting

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The 2016 excavations at Durrington Walls uncovered a series of knapping scatters which provided the opportunity to attempt to refit the excavated flakes.  This was done to determine if the scatters were in situ and to understand the reduction strategies (production methods) employed by people in the late Neolithic. Continue reading “Durrington Walls Dig 2016: Refitting”

Knowlton Dig 2016: Day 19

Students recording excavated sections of the ring ditch terminals (Image: Author)

Yesterday we finished our final day of digging at Knowlton and it is safe to say we have had a serious case of last day syndrome.  Continue reading “Knowlton Dig 2016: Day 19”

Knowlton Dig 2016: Days 15 & 16

Excavating part of a ring ditch in our newly opened trench (Image: Author)

Over the past two days we have extended our existing trench over an unusual C-shaped feature and opened up a new trench over part of a ring ditch. Continue reading “Knowlton Dig 2016: Days 15 & 16”

Knowlton Dig 2016: Days 11 & 12

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The western terminal of the northern ditch with its puzzling chalk boss at the base (Image: Author)

The past couple of days have been a tale of two terminals from the northern ditch of the long barrow. Continue reading “Knowlton Dig 2016: Days 11 & 12”

Knowlton Dig 2016: Day 10

View of the trench from the spoil heap. The two flanking ditches of the long mound are clearly visible (Image: Author)

Today the main focus on the site has been on part of a C-shaped, curvilinear feature, measuring 10m in length, which showed up on a geophysical survey of the site. Continue reading “Knowlton Dig 2016: Day 10”

Knowlton Dig 2016: Day 8

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Starting to excavate a slot across the centre of the northern ditch (Image: Author)

Today we began to fully excavate half sectioned features and excavate a slot through the northern flanking ditch of the long mound. Continue reading “Knowlton Dig 2016: Day 8”

Knowlton Dig 2016: Day 5

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View from the eastern end of the trench looking across the site (Image: Author)

As we draw nearer to the end of our first week it is clear we have made some significant progress on site.   Continue reading “Knowlton Dig 2016: Day 5”

Knowlton Dig 2016: Day 3

Starting to section features (Image: Author)

Today we began to excavate some of the many cut features which have appeared on the site over the past few days. Continue reading “Knowlton Dig 2016: Day 3”

Knowlton Dig 2016: Site Background

Today excavations at Knowlton begin so I thought it would be useful to provide some background to the project and what it aims to achieve.  This post summarises parts of the site’s project design (Green et al. 2016) which is currently unpublished.  Continue reading “Knowlton Dig 2016: Site Background”

Knowlton Dig 2016: Days 1 & 2

Students trowelling back the chalk surface at the Knowle Hill Farm site, Knowlton (Image: Author)

So it begins!  Excavations have now begun at Knowle Hill Farm, Knowlton with a trench measuring 32 x 25m opened over the site by mechanical excavator.  A number of cut features were already immediately visible through the chalk including the flanking ditches of the long mound, some post holes and pits.   Continue reading “Knowlton Dig 2016: Days 1 & 2”