Originally posted on Archaeology Orkney: Bay of Ireland, Stenness, looking out towards the island of Hoy Fieldwork is taking place over the summer 2017 on an exciting project investigating the submerged landscape of Orkney; land now under water, covered by…
My sister website at TimeVista Archaeology has been updated with the latest information about what I’ve been up to. It’s a very busy time with the new commercial aggregates project at Black Cat Quarry, entering its third week now, and with enough archaeology to welcome two diggers (of the trowel kind) for two weeks to record the current features. There are ditches, possible pits and, other than a sprinkling of tree-throws and animal burrows, a dark deposit on the gravel terrace edge which contains decorated Anglo-Saxon pottery sherds and animal bone. We’ve one worked flint blade fragment too — not easy to spot since the gravel is full of it, knapped by the digger’s bucket!
Post holes from the recent racing track circuit – still visible on Google Earth – are also evident, many containing 21st-century plastic bottles (still full), cola and beer cans, and modern debris. Top- and sub-soil stripping is continuing apace, constantly monitored, in what will be a 34 ha quarry extension over the next two years. We hope to sign-off the first area for gravel extraction before the Christmas break, if the county archaeologist agrees. The alarm is set for 5am and another week.
I’m very pleased to announce a new engagement, potentially lasting until 2018/19: Archaeological Project Officer (self-employed at TimeVista Archaeology in association with Archaeological Research Services Ltd.).
Project management for phases 11-14 (2016-18) at Black Cat North aggregates quarry, Bedfordshire (Breedon Group) adjacent to the River Great Ouse. Previous phases have included Bronze Age, Romano-British and Anglo-Saxon archaeology. The role, executed to CIfA standards, includes:
Watching briefs during topsoil-basal deposit removal to identify and map potential archaeological assets;
Coordination and management of periodic fieldwork (excavation and specialist resources);
Maintenance of site archives;
Community engagements and dissemination;
Post-excavation coordination across artefact, ecofact, bio & palaeo-environmental, dating and conservation specialisms;
Apologies for a period of silence. I’m in a commercial digging season (and mattocking pain) ahead of Christmas, back home in December with a backlog of lithics to write-up over the dark months.
Meantime, mi’mate James Dilley (Ancientcraft UK) is performing a flint-knapping workshop at Poole’s Cavern country park near Buxton, Derbyshire, this Saturday 5th November 10am – 4pm. Microburin and friends will be there – but not paying the tariff, just observing and indulging in free cake & tea as archaeological rebels!