Digging for History
Expert archaeologist Sir Barry Cunliffe and his team will be back in Sark this month for the ninth year running to continue their exploration of Sark’s ancient history. Until recently Professor of European Archaeology at Oxford University, Sir Barry has unrivalled experience and was knighted for services to archaeology in 2006. This year’s digging will continue exploration of a Bronze and Iron Age settlement in the centre of the island and will start pilot excavations at the medieval site of La Seigneurie. Pottery, coins and stone tools found in previous excavations are kept at the Heritage Room by La Société Sercquaise next door to the Visitor Centre. As large numbers of pottery pieces are expected to be un-earthed at the main site close to the Mill, volunteers are being sought to help wash the finds from the weekend of the 15th June. Anyone interested in helping should contact Dr Emma Durham by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 07960 378541. Sir Barry will also be giving a presentation of his findings at the main site towards the end of the dig.
Picture by Sue Daly – Sir Barry explaining last year’s dig