Dig Diary – Drones, bones and the latest on our Neolithic wooden plank
Thursday, August 10, 2023
Today was photography day, so it began with yet more cleaning – sprucing up the last sections of the site ready for Scott and his drone.
The photographic session not only included aerial shots across the entire site but capturing the images for our final orthomosaic trench photos. Then there were the multiple images required by Paul for the creation of the site 3d models.
Naturally, we want the site to look its best.
So the cleaning, and the photography itself, took up most of the day – hampered slightly by the contrasty conditions caused bright sunshine (yes. I know we’re never happy!). The picture-taking ended with the entire team gathering in Trench P for the group photograph above!
We’ll bring you the rest of the site photographs in due course.
The images captured, Scott then sent his LiDAR drone across the site and we’re looking forward to the results of that. Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) uses laser light to measure distances and create detailed maps of an environment.
When we were allowed back in the trenches, we did get down to some excavation today…
Over in Trench T, Elena has done a fantastic job defining the timber plank in Structure Twenty-Seven (see today’s diary extra for a 3d model).
It is now in the best state it can be ready for the operation to lift it tomorrow.
The goal is to try and expose the building’s wallhead to help make sense of its construction and original form.
At the end of play today, the inner wall remained elusive, but we’ll see what tomorrow brings.
Antonia was joined by participants in the four-day Ness to Ness art and archaeology workshop. After a special tour led by site director Nick, Chris Gee was on hand for a demonstration of Neolithic art-making techniques, materials and pigments.
Outside Structure Ten, Jackson, Rowan and Johanna soldiered on with the excavation and meticulous recording of the animal bone that is part of the decommissioning deposit placed around the building around 2400BC.
It’s a painstaking process but the results, like the original SmartFauna project will add to our understanding of the momentous event.
Prior to his departure, his trench cohorts gathered for the second group photo of the day…
In Rick’s absence Chris Gee will take up the baton.
And we will see you tomorrow.