Expert Archaeologists in Sark
Sir Barry Cunliffe and his team of archaeologists from Oxford University are back in Sark for the ninth year running to continue their exploration of Sark’s ancient history. The main dig sites are in Edric Baker’s Tanquerel Fields opposite the Mill, an area believed to have been a very large Bronze Age settlement dating back to 1400 BC that was more or less continuously occupied for around five hundred years. In their first week the team have uncovered the remains of drainage ditches and post holes of buildings, pottery and axes from Normandy and Brittany, part of a copper ingot thought to have originated in the Alps and three beautiful amber beads. Sir Barry is delighted with the finds so far, which, along with discoveries from previous years, indicate that Sark, far from being isolated, was part of a great Atlantic network of communication. This week the team will be undertaking an exploratory dig around the old wall to the south of the Seigneurie which lies in an area known to have been an early Medieval settlement. The aim of the excavation is to date the wall that is thought to have been built some time between the 10th and 12thcenturies AD. Members of the public are invited to the Tanquerel Fields site on Friday 21st June when Sir Barry will be giving a talk at 4pm about the team’s work and discoveries this year.
Pictures by Sue Daly L – R Sir Barry at work, One of the dig sites, Some of this year’s finds, The Medieval wall at the Seigneurie