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Blick Mead: Exploring the 'first place' in the Stonehenge landscape

Archaeological excavations at Blick Mead, Amesbury, Wiltshire 2005–2016


David Jacques, Tom Phillips and Tom Lyons

Edited By David Jacques

The Stonehenge landscape is one of the most famous prehistoric places in the world, but much about its origins remains a mystery and little attention has been paid to what preceded, and thus may have influenced, its later ritual character. Now, the discovery of a uniquely long-lived Mesolithic occupation site at Blick Mead, just 2km from Stonehenge, with a detailed radio carbon date sequence ranging from the 8th to the late 5th millennium BC, is set to transform this situation.  

This book charts the story of the Blick Mead excavations, from the project’s local community-based origins to a multi-university research project using the latest cutting-edge technology to address important new questions about the origins of the Stonehenge landscape. Led by the University of Buckingham, the project continues to retain the community of Amesbury at its heart. The investigations are ongoing but due to the immense interest in, and significance of the site, this publication seeks to present the details of and thoughts on the findings to date.

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Appendix C: Miscellaneous Artefacts


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Miscellaneous Artefacts

The excavations produced various artefacts which post-date the Mesolithic and Neolithic occupation identified at Blick Mead, but which nevertheless merit description and publication. These comprise a Late Bronze Age copper alloy knife, a small assemblage of Iron Age pottery and an Anglo-Saxon disc brooch.

Appendix C1: Copper alloy knife

– Lorraine Mepham and Andrew Lawson


Short length of two-edged tapering copper alloy blade. Length 32 mm, tapering in width from 20 to 15 mm; thickness 2 mm. At the wider end, the blade is broken across a small circular perforation, placed centrally (a feature of the original casting, representing an axial rivet hole). The opposite end has been further damaged over the break. The blade has bevelled edges and a slight central ridge or midrib. There is a slight angularity to the central midrib on one side; on the opposite side, a transverse chevron appears to have been fairly crudely incised, though at what stage in the object’s history is uncertain.

Found in spoil from Trench 14, Blick Mead, Vespasian’s Camp, 2009.


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