Dig Diary

Sutton Common Dig Diary

4th to 22nd August 2014 (inclusive)

Sutton Common Dig Diary 2014

Dr Malcolm Lillie (Wetland Archaeology & Environments Research Centre, University of Hull) will be undertaking archaeological evaluations at the internationally renowned Iron Age site of Sutton Common near Askern, South Yorkshire. The excavations are being undertaken in collaboration with the Carstairs Countryside Trust (CCT), who are the landowners.

During the three weeks of the investigations, Christine Rawson Elmet Archaeology will be co-Directing the excavations with Dr Lillie. This year we will be undertaking two medium sized assessments in the vicinity of the Mesolithic activity at this location. The fieldwork also includes a training element for Hull University archaeology students, alongside students from Sheffield, Aarhus (Denmark), Leicester and Winchester Universities.

On the basis of the 2013 field season we are opening up a 5x5m trench in the vicinity of the eastern area of Mesolithic activity and a second, 8x5m trench on the western side of the ridge of Pleistocene clays and fine sands further west. The Mesolithic activity has been shown to concentrate along the right bank of the palaeochannel of the Hampole Beck, which followed a meandering course northwards during prehistory.

We will endeavour to keep you up-to-date with the progress of our work through these pages over the coming three weeks.

Dr Malcolm Lillie

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