Over at the sunny Kaims

Over at the sunny Kaims, the weather has been outstanding. Gentle breezes waft luxuriantly over the gently undulating, beautiful, proto-veldt. A stark contrast to last year’s Biblical deluge. Goodbye to the theories about Atlantis and the Ark’s final resting place, and hello to burnt mounds. Goodbye wet suits, hello Heritage Warrior, combat trousers and boots. Some of us ever wear shirts.


With a dry trench and cleaned up plan and section it has become plain that we are actually dealing with two and possibly even three burnt mounds. They are separated by clay deposits, some of which are re-deposited from the hillside, and yet other clay layers are formed from lacustrine clays covering the site from the flooding of the lake,( as we saw last year). The mixing of the clay, the flooding and the hill-wash make for complicated, but very interesting archaeology.

Lond section through one of the mound 'events'. The stone slabs have been removed to reveal an earlier mound.

Long section through one of the mound ‘events’. The stone slabs have been removed to reveal an earlier mound beneath.


Another lucky break besides the weather, is that and area of the site that was seemingly very complicated, has a modern field drain running through the middle which is giving us a perfect window into the past. We can now assess how deep the burnt mounds are, and they look substantial. The field drains may even let us see some good stratigraphy.


We have also removed the stone slabs that caused such interest a couple of years ago. The slabs very clearly over-lie the mounds and show that the arch-mag date of 4200bc is just the latest date in a sequence going much further back.


All we need now is some more flint so we can put some more dates on things and maybe decide what they were actually for.

Paul Gething

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3 thoughts on “Over at the sunny Kaims

  1. Yes, I was there last June during your last Biblical deluge on my first visit to the UK when you had the highest recorded rainfall for June. Just my luck, but I still enjoyed the time very much and on my one day at the Kaims, which the weather allowed us, we were jumping over huge puddles but we also found two pieces of flint in the two test pits put in that day which showed that people where actually making the flint tools at the Kaims that have been found in other excavations.

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