Time Team archaeologist and students find ancient artefacts
PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 June 2012
A FIVE thousand year-old axe was among the finds as former Time Team archaeologist Professor Mick Aston helped students at Sidcot School unearth some ancient history at the school.
The Neolithic stone axe, waste from an ancient metal smith’s fire and medieval pottery were all found in 14 test pits dug by Prof Aston and students last week.
He lectured members of the school’s garden club and 10 more pits will be dug to continue archaeological investigations.
Professor Aston said: “It’s a mystery how the 5,000 year-old axe got here. They were once regarded as ‘fairy thunderbolts’ - good luck charms to keep lightning from thatched roofs so it may have been bought as a curiosity.
“We’ve found evidence of Roman lead and copper mines along with medieval settlements dating back to 900 AD, as well as lots of prehistoric flint.”