Words to stir the hearts of men of a certain age. We have been having our stores refitted over the last few months. For the last few years all the archaeology tools have lived under an old canal bridge on the edge of the campus. This space was as tidy as you might expect given that people only ever went in there one of two circumstances. Either you wanted something in a hurry and didn’t care what else you threw out of the way to get to it. Or you had just finished a dig, probably driven all day to get back to Preston, and the only thing standing between you and going home was how quickly the tools could be put back under the arch.
We knew that this was not a satisfactory state of affairs, but our excuse was always that we needed places for everything to go before we could make a permanent job of sorting it all out. (I’m aware that this is the logic that keeps IKEA in business – but we really did need some shelves).
As well as our beautiful decking shelves we now have running water, so we can process soil samples down here, and big floodlights, so we can see how lovely and tidy it is.
I have actually done some research this week, as well as sorting buckets. Most importantly I have finally, finally finished the interim report for the digging we did over the summer. I have uploaded a copy of the report here.
I’ve also continued playing with the distribution of finds from the excavations at George Rock Shelter. This is a simplified section through the cave showing the worked stone tools (blue circles), cremated human bone (black circles), prehistoric pottery (red circles) and animal bone (black crosses). I’ve posted before about how the stone tools show two distinct events at the beginning and end of the use of the site. All the other finds show that people were coming to the rock-shelter on a regular basis in between these two events. This helps explain how they remembered the site over this long span of time (even if it doesn’t explain why they stopped bringing stone tools with them).
Next week I really do have to get on with drawing and cataloging that pottery properly.