We finished digging today. Tomorrow I'll take a few more charcoal samples and return the tools to the units that lent them to me. The dig closes eight days earlier than planned.
A week and a half of digging has identified the following phases on site, none of which were known to us beforehand:
- Scattered lithics, knapped
and then abraded by wave action on a beach. Mainly quartz, some hÃ¤lleflinta/leptite, a little flint,one chip off a ground greenstone axe. Also a complete greenstone adze that permits us to date the assemblage to the Middle Neolithic about 3000 cal BC, .
- Many functionally anonymous pits, many hearths and a few postholes, all probably dating from the centuries around AD 1. Radiocarbon will tell. The only identifiable structure among them is a line of six apparent fence posts. No datable artefacts.
- Some 19th and 20th century refuse pits.
What happened? Did you find some alien artefact and the state came and closed you down? Or a cache of buried nazi gold? Or was it just that the site just not as exciting as anticipated?
Just have to cross that area off from your to-dig-list and hit another one next time around. Where, in relation to the mound and lake, did you dig?
Paddy: the lattermost.
Tobias: on the ridge summit line between the mound and the lake.
i think you've got yourself a healing spa just like they found at stonehenge.