This is the first season of the project and we have two main areas of work. The first of these is in the field immediately to the south of Gib Hill, outlined in red. This field contains an earthwork which was thought to be contemporary with the henge of Arbor Low by Gray who excavated sections of it in his 1901-2 work. However, there remains some doubt about this and the full extent of the earthwork is as yet unknown. In order to assess the area for further evidence of human activity we will be carrying out a magnetometry survey. This will be especially helpful in identifying areas of burning, an activity often associated with neolithic monuments.
Our second area of work is in a field close by. One of the questions asked by many people when they visit Arbor Low (and a lot of other prehistoric sites) is where did the people live? The simple answer is that we are not yet certain about this! To begin answering this question we will be digging a number test-pits to try to establish the extent of activity to the south-west of the henge. These small trenches, 1 metre square, will open a window on what is below the surface and will help us further assess the archaeology.