Saturday, June 24, 2006

The Roche des Poignards Site

The excavation up against the rock face upon which a series of engravings were made (starting in the Neolithic) aimed to assess the nature of any human activity on this site. Walls of a sheep enclosure constitute the evidence for the most recent phase of activity. Quantities of medieval pottery and associated bone characterise another important phase of activity. Charcoal from lower layers, and evidence from an adjacent round structure (see image lower down in blog) may well provide evidence of prehistoric actvity on this site. Posted by Picasa

Location Map: Roche des Poignards is located towards the top right of this image

The work at this site is part of a much larger landscape archaeology project concerned with the study of human activity in the high altitude zones of the Southern French Alps in the Ubaye Valley and the Parc National des Ecrins.Posted by Picasa

Friday, June 23, 2006

A modern alpine archaeologist's kit must include; 2 solar panels, 2 palm computers, gortex underware and a Swiss Army knife (not a French Army knife, as this may suddenly start cutting in the other direction...) Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The start of the four hour hike upto the excavation area. Posted by Picasa

Nick with solar panel to keep his aging batteries running and Suzi with her auger. Posted by Picasa

A steep section of the hike upto site... Posted by Picasa

Arriving at the shepherd's cabin and camp at 2500m. Posted by Picasa

Excavation at the Roche des Poignards Rock Art site situated at 2450mPosted by Picasa

Looking up towards the site Posted by Picasa

Sondage on the possible Bronze Age structure next to the Rock Art site Posted by Picasa

A quarry at 2100 m Posted by Picasa

Kylie guarding the site Posted by Picasa

Nerd Ahoy!

"Extreme" GPS survey - Nick with his antenna trying to pick up the World Cup... Posted by Picasa

A new (probable) Bronze Age structure at 2400m Posted by Picasa

The main site during excavation Posted by Picasa

A natural corridor from the pastures down to the site Posted by Picasa

The area between camp and the excavation site Posted by Picasa

Wreckage of a light aircraft next to camp (this has been there for about 16 years) Posted by Picasa

Returning to camp after a freezing day's excavation Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Coring in the snow!?

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Early morning cloud rolling in from the Italian border Posted by Picasa

Sunday, June 18, 2006

View from the site down the valley Posted by Picasa

Detail of the late third and early second millennia BC art Posted by Picasa

The walk from camp to excavation Posted by Picasa

Breakfast at 2500m Posted by Picasa