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Sutton Common Dig Diary
4th to 22nd August 2014 (inclusive)
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
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