Week one’s hard grafting allowed our final two weeks of fieldwork to be used to find out as much as possible about the site through any features and artefacts found on site. It became obvious very quickly that Neolithic stone tools such as scrapers, flakes and arrowheads were going to be found in abundance and we would always know when an arrowhead had been found as it was a rule to shout ‘arrowhead!’ and it was word shouted a lot during our three weeks. And just in case you were wondering, I was unlucky enough to not find even a single arrowhead (sad face). Another unique artefact found included a beautiful polished macehead which is the first from the three seasons at West Kennet.
At the end of the second week I finally got my first proper find, a lovely piece of Peterborough Ware pottery with fingernail imprinted decoration which fueled my ambition to find more interesting artefacts and/or features.
I was lucky enough to spend the last three days of my fieldwork excavating a tree throw pit with a fellow University of Leicester archaeology student. What was particularly special about this pit was its size.
Like a lot of archaeological features in the Avebury landscape the tree throw pit was huge. Interestingly our pit was situated next to a huge post hole found early on in the excavation, again with the common theme of huge features! The finds from what was excavated of the pit included a Mesolithic perforated blade and a very small piece of burnt bone which will help date the pit through the use of carbon 14 dating.
My fieldwork experience at West Kennet has made my love for studying archaeology grow further and it was wonderful to share the experience with both my fellow University of Leicester archaeology students and teaching staff.
If you have not read about the first week of my fieldwork in Avebury you can find it here: https://studentblogs.le.ac.uk/archaeology/2015/08/20/my-adventures-in-avebury-week-one/
Find more information about the dig on the National Trust blog here: https://ntarchaeostonehengeaveburywhs.wordpress.com/blog/