More Important Archaeological Finds
Archaeologists from Oxford, Guernsey and Sark have discovered more exciting finds as part of this year’s Archaeological Survey of Sark, a project now in its twelfth year. Last week the team, led by Sir Barry Cunliffe, found Neolithic pottery shards in the mound beneath the windmill therefore confirming it to date from around 4,000 BC. This week they have been looking at sites around the Seigneurie and on Little Sark. Near the Chapel at the Seigneurie they uncovered the remains of a building and hearth that may be Medieval along with a clump of limpet shells and burnt material from the same period. Grains within the find should enable very precise carbon dating to a specific year. On Little Sark the archaeologists explored an area around a standing stone and have revealed a megalithic structure probably dating from around 4,000 BC that appears to have been used later as a ritual burial site. It was here that the year’s most exciting find was made; an archer’s wrist guard made of slate dating from around 2,000 BC and thought to be one of the finest examples of its kind ever found.
Words and pictures by Sue Daly. Photos clockwise from top left show …
Sir Barry at the Little Sark standing stone site
The archer’s wrist guard
The clump of limpet shells
The Medieval remains at the Seigneurie