A "lovely" (as pronounced by Phil Harding) example of a Late Neolithic retouched blade. Found during this year's excavations of the Bromham-Rowdefield Project, lead by Jan Dando and Phil Andrews.
A series of World War One practice trenches have been found at Larkhill by Wessex Archaeology, as a part of the preparations for the building of service family accommodation for the Army Basing Programme on Salisbury Plain. For more information, please follow this link.
More photographs of the site at Larkhill can be found on Wessex Archaeology's Flickr account.
Images captured by Rob Rawcliffe of FIDES Flare Media Ltd. Image reproduced with permission © Wessex Archaeology.
Medieval graffiti at St. Giles, Imber, depicting a high status individual from the 15th century and the collective images appear to be a late medieval hunting scene. This graffiti has been located and recorded as part of the Wiltshire Medieval Graffiti Survey, lead by Tony Hack.
Photographs courtesy of Tony Hack.
A Mesolithic or Early Neolithic flint fabricator dating to the period c. 10,000 - 2701BC. This tool was used to pierce hides or leather in order to produce holes for making clothes. One end narrows to form a heavily abraded point showing constant use. The opposite end is wider and also shows some signs of abrasion, possibly as a result of having been hafted into a handle for easier use.
Photo and information: Shoemark, J (2014) WILT-E5E1D0: A NEOLITHIC FABRICATOR Web page available at:https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/613641 [Accessed: 1 Oct 2015 21:40:40]
A Bronze Age stone shaft-hole adze (c.1650 - 1250 BC) found near Codford, Wiltshire. Adzes are used for smoothing or carving wood in hand woodworking, similar to an axe but with the cutting edge perpendicular to the handle. This adze has been made by pecking and grinding it with and against another stone form its shape.
Photograph and references: Shoemark, J (2014) WILT-3AC67D: A BRONZE AGE PERFORATED OBJECT Web page available at: https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/627545 [Accessed: 6 Sep 2015 18:36:41]
An incomplete Late Roman (AD 300-410) copper alloy nail cleaner with simple punched decoration, possibly zoomorphic in style. The Romans took hygiene and cleanliness seriously, even slaves washed every day. If you were wealthy enough, you could obtain tools to clean your nails and ears, tweezers and razors to shave.
Photograph and references: Hinds, K (2012) WILT-75BBE1: A ROMAN NAIL CLEANER Web page available at: https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/517898 [Accessed: 2 Aug 2015 20:14:55]
A flint Lower Palaeolithic handaxe dating to the period c. 500,000 - 150,000 BC found near Amesbury. It is likely that a different species of hominid, possibly Homo Erectus, produced and used this handaxe, rather than Homo Sapiens.
Photograph and associated information - Shoemark, J (2015) WILT-660D5C: A PALAEOLITHIC HANDAXE Web page available at: https://finds.org.uk/database/artefacts/record/id/660203 [Accessed: 12 Jun 2015 21:01:31]
Artefact of the Month
Artefacts found in Wiltshire can be particularly interesting and stunning. We will upload images of artefacts that we think are inspiring each month.