Old Site, New Finds

Further excavation of our trench has unearthed a number of new finds, including flints, fire-cracked stones and ochre. Recording of finds has begun, as well as drawings of prehistoric occupational levels.

An item of more immediate interest, but of unknown provenance, was the pipe bowl pictured below. Fragments of clay pipes, especially the stems, are frequent finds. To discover a bowl that has survived the plough is a rarer pleasure. The date of the bowl has little if any relevance to this particular excavation, but that does not mean it would not be interesting. A number of factors, such as materials, shape, size and decoration can guide an expert to give at least a rough estimate. Sherlock Holmes would have no difficulty in giving it a precise date. Not even a three-pipe problem!

A “Royal” visitor inspects our spoil heap!
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