So, we thought 2011 would be the last time…but no, we are excavating at Boltby again – starting on Monday. Well, possibly, depending on this horrid weather.
Anyway, all being well the excavation will resume on Monday and carry on to Friday 25 May and this is what we’re up to….
The Landscape Research Centre and a team of local volunteers and undergraduate archaeology students from the University of York will try to trace the full extent of the palisaded enclosure, identified in 2011, learn more about a middle Neolithic structure and its relationship to the stone ring sealed beneath an early Bronze Age barrow and investigate a number of areas in the upstanding section of the late Bronze Age/early Iron Age hill-fort in the search for dating material and evidence of domestic activity. This will be the final season of the current phase of excavation on this monument the examination of which is transforming our understanding not only of this badly damaged late Bronze Age/early Iron Age hill-fort but also of activity and the environment from the Neolithic to Medieval periods.
You can find out more detail by reading the official proposal for the excavation by visiting the blog of the Landscape Research Centre – http://thelrc.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/boltby-scar-excavations-2012/
The University of York students are also tasked with sending updates for this blog so you should be able to keep up to date with progress. We are also planning a couple of associated public events and I will post more information about those next week.