Published by Brislington Community Archaeology Project
Publication date September 2012
Illustrated - 4 pages colour photographs, 4 maps
This was the third excavation carried out by the Brislington Community Archaeology Project (BCAP), which formed in March 2009. The one metre square test pit was located in the back garden of a residential property, and the soil was found to have been disturbed in the mid-20th century, right down to the bedrock at a depth of 1m.
The oldest finds were the circa 3000 BCE flint blade fragment and flint flakes, which suggest both tool-making and tool-using activity on this site during the Neolithic period. Also found was an assemblage of broken Pennant Sand Sandstone and fragments of haematite, which is characteristic of the early stages in an industrial processing – smashing the rock to extract its embedded veins of iron ore. The abundance of both the waste Pennant and fragments of haematite indicates the separation process took place at or very close to the site.
Text © Ken Taylor 2012 - 2013