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What next?

We hope that this course has provided a taster of archaeology, both during a large excavation and after, in the lab. Want to study further? Now that you’ve mastered some …

Storage capacity in museums

In this video, Rhi Smith explains why it is vital that we think about the process after an excavation. How do we ensure that the discoveries made on a dig, …

What is stable isotope analysis?

Isotopes are atoms of the same element that have an equal number of protons and unequal number of neutrons, giving them slightly different weights. They can be divided into two …

Excavating in the Vale of Pewsey

In this video, Jim Leary explains why we chose to dig within the Vale of Pewsey, which is crucial in our understanding of the nearby historic monuments at Stonehenge and …

The story so far

Both the Avebury and Stonehenge landscapes have seen considerable research over the last decade or so, substantially expanding our knowledge of these areas. They both sit within protected landscapes and …

The Marden floor

The other wonderful discovery made on site – arguably the greatest of all – was the Marden floor surface. This unique and fragile discovery provided us with a chance to …

The Skeleton

The discovery of the remains of a teenage boy from deep within the Wilsford henge ditch was undoubtedly the most celebrated discovery of our work in 2015. Human remains are …

The arrowhead

As we discussed in Step 1.5 the majority of work for any archaeological site takes place after the digging has finished; during the post-excavation stage of the project. This is …

Storing, handling, recording and transporting

The discovery of any artefacts are split into two categories; either bulk or small finds. Each category follows its own meticulous process, in order to preserve the integrity and journey …

What was life like in the Neolithic?

The Neolithic (or ‘New Stone Age’) is a term used for the period in our past when the shift from hunting and gathering wild animals and plants to a farming …

Excavation techniques

As you have seen from our previous Step, we listed some of the key roles within the Field School. But what skills can you gain from working and learning on …

Archaeology: Excavation Job Roles

The Field School has over 100 people working on the site every day, who live and work together for a defined period of time. This requires a lot of planning …

The field school

In this video, Amanda Clarke explains why an excavation is more than just digging.