Wednesday and Thursday 21 and 22 January

The human burials in our trench turned out to be……….goat burials, of limited interest. Stephen Bourke took one look at the bones and knew straight away. Oh well. Such is archaeology.
 
On Thursday I dug out a square at the trench no deeper than the first knuckle of my little finger so Jamie could see if it was a pit. Pits dug by our remote ancestors can be annoying for archaeologists. They can result in material from different eras being mixed up, which can muck with findings. After digging out the square, I swept it clear of dust then it was sprayed with a light film of water, so that the difference in soil where the pit was dug would become more visible. No pit there, apparently.
 
THEN!! Later on, back at the dig house, a bit of excitement. A piece of pottery had turned up from our trench which had been bagged a few days ago. It was clearly neolithic pottery with a distinctive herringbone pattern on it, from a way earlier period than the Early Bronze Age stuff we were pulling out of the trench. One piece of neolithic pottery in itself didn’t conclusively prove anything,  but more material from the same era would mean that the trench had been inhabited from a much earlier period.
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~ by margoforte12 on February 4, 2009.

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