Mystery of the mound unearthed
A team of archaeologists led by Sir Barry Cunliffe have solved the mystery of the mound beneath the windmill on the highest point on Sark, the purpose of which has been puzzling them for years. The group, from Oxford, Guernsey and Sark, are digging on the island for two weeks this month as part of the Archaeological Survey of Sark that is now in its twelfth year. The theory that the area is one of many Neolithic burial or ritual mounds on Sark has been proven this week by the discovery of pottery fragments dating back to around 4,000 BC. Sir Barry is delighted with the discovery that finally confirms that this is another one of Sark’s sacred sites. “It would have been a well established ancient monument by the time the Bronze Age settlement was established some 3,000 years later in the area nearby that we have been studying for a number of years.” This dig is one of four small trial excavations the team are doing this month. Other areas being explored are on Little Sark, at Clos de la Tour near the village and at the Seigneurie.
Pictures and words by Sue Daly
The archaeologists at work at the mill site