Sir Barry Cunliffe, from the Oxford Institute of Archaeology, once again led a six-strong team of experts who undertook an archaeological dig in Sark for two weeks during June. The dig took place near the Mill, an area chosen after a geophysical survey revealed enough ‘anomalies’ to keep the most demanding archaeologists digging for years to come. It’s also the area where the Sark Hoard was found in 1719, a treasure trove of silver from the 1st century BC. Sir Barry has studied the site every year since 2005 and concludes that this central area of Sark was occupied for around a thousand years around the 12th century BC. Artefacts have also revealed that Bronze and Iron Age people considered Sark to be a very special place, possibly some sort of prehistoric pilgrimage spot. Sir Barry was delighted with this year’s dig and during a talk to the public at the site explained that more Iron Age pottery pieces were recovered in this one location than all of those found in the other Channel Islands combined. His work here in Sark is supported by La Société Sercquaise. Members helped wash the finds and Sir Barry and his team will be back in the autumn to catalogue them.