Many thanks to Pete Glastonbury for bringing our attention to yet another batch of material from Stonehenge that has gone missing. Apparently it was sold off on Ebay about 6 years ago -- and goodness knows where it is now.......
Not all of the material in the collection came from Stonehenge, but there are written notes which describe the most interesting finds. Extracts:
The gentleman in question (an archaeologist) assisted Col Hawley for a short time in 1921 with excavations around the inner and outer circles of Stonehange, a project which took Hawley a number of years
As a thankyou for his assistance Col Hawley gave this gentleman a number of specimens of items he had uncovered
The collection, which weighs around 8 kilos comes with a letter / statement handwritten by the previous owner which reads as follows:-
Stonehenge September 1921 Brockham End Nr Bath Specimens given to me today 13th September 1921 at Stonehenge by Col Hawley who is excavating the circular foss outside the rampart. While working with him this afternoon John found a very large vertebrae and found a large reindeer antler.
A. Fragments of Rhyolite B. Fragments of Diabase C. Fragments of sarsen stone ( hard) D. Fragments f shaley slate E. Fragments of sarsen stone (soft) F. Flint flakes from the foss
C&E and also quartzite pounding stones are relics of a xxxxxx bed of bagshot sand and are a land formation sometimes showing flaws from roots of palm trees E is the same as C with the absence of xxxxx xxxxx
The flint flakes are abundant and are surely the remnants knocked off in making flint tools
The sarsen stone may have been local when Stonehenge was built though not now found in the immediate ring. They form the largest standing stone and lintel and were also used for packing the bases of the standing stones underground
Rhyolite and diabase are two of the five kinds of stone used in the inner ring and inner horsehoe of smaller standing stones. All of these have been brought a long distance and the diabase has recently been identified as coming from Pembrokeshire
Shale slate is also a xxxx stone having less durable characters possibly they were originally standing stones.
Group of stones and pieces of stone Some labelled Stonehenge 1921 with letters that correspond to description on statement above.
Another interesting batch. Again, some pottery pieces, but including some bits of shale and mudstone. (The notes refer to "shaley slate" -- but these don't look like metamorphics......