Time flies by…

It is exactly two years since we started blogging about the project. I’ve written 134 post over those two years. At about 500 words a post that should be 67 000 words. That’s almost a book, except a book should probably have less in it about Littlenose, electric fences and football, and more about archaeology. I once saw Graeme Garden do a sketch where he related all the key plotlines of the Archers, all fifty odd years of it, in a two minute omnibus of omnibuses. This is my attempt to do the same thing for the blog so far, using only the remaining 402 words of this post.

KingsdaleRain has been a big theme over the last two years, starting on the BCRA trip to the Yorkshire Dales. Hence the picture of wet geomorphologists in Kingsdale in June 2012. This was also the trip where I met Tony and Carol, who have been an invaluable part of the project ever since. DSC_0011

Early on in the 2012 excavation season, cows ate the mud and we started to obsess about electric fencesDSC_0070

After about two weeks of careful trowelling we finally got a bit more ruthless and hacked off enough overburden to recognise the postholes of the New Laund timber circle.


Alex, Simon, Olaf and Karl dragging out rocks with their teeth in the search for the bottom of the ditch in trench C.


We also can get a bit obsessed by tractors. This may be because we live in a ‘city’ where agricultural machinery regularly drives along the main streets on a short cut from field to field. I was on The Strand tonight and realised there was a combine behind me at the lights, I don’t think this happens in Westminster.


The joys of the cultural Olympiad. Sacrilege bouncy Stonehenge comes to Preston Guild in September.

NL12 Trench D lithic distributions

Artefact plots, you can never have too many dots on maps.


Christmas Littlenose and Twoeyes. I’m better at Mammoths than people, clearly.


Sub-zero GPS survey in February.


Fairy Holes in April, Early Bronze Age cave burial and a last chance to see Olaf’s dreads.

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My brother being menaced by piglets, sometime in 1971, allegedly to illustrate a point about how people become archaeologists. My Dad is behind the camera and outside the sty, confident that my four-year old stock handling skills are up to the job.


Cobbled path into the centre of the New Laund timber circle, just like the entrance to Durrington Walls, apparently.


Serious sized test pit dug into the top of a doline in trench L.


Geophysics next to Trench K, which is where we will be digging in July.


Whirlwind tour of the Neolithic of western Ireland in November.

Cave Dad

Gravettian role play in Kinsey Cave in March, contributing to the winning entry in the year 3 ‘Cave Dwellers’ project, not that I’m claiming the credit, you understand.

timber circle finds

More finds plots, this time showing the disturbed cremation burial spread over the timber circle.


The pXRF gadgetry in use in April, more evidence of the long-standing obsession with technology.

SONY DSC New-born lambs in April to finish on a fluffy note.




  1. Really enjoyed this lil catch up post! How long do you have left to work on this dig, and what are you expecting to find in July?

    • Hi Ali
      Thanks, I think there is about three more years work on the sites I know about already, but the longer we work in this area the more we find so we could be here for a while longer than that. This summer we are digging around the area of last year’s trench K. On the geophysics there is a linear boundary that we think is medieval and one big pit and two smaller ones which may be prehistoric. We are going to dig parts of all of these to try and work out how old they are.

      • Sounds exciting! Good luck!

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