Unearthing More of Sark’s Past
The archaeological team from Oxford University have been back on Sark for the last two weeks continuing their investigations into the island’s ancient past. The team, led by eminent archaeologist Sir Barry Cunliffe, is supported by archaeologists from Sark and Guernsey and this is the 15th year of their research. They have looked at a new site on Little Sark around what appeared to be a standing stone. They have discovered that the stone is natural but was isolated by human activity between four and five thousand years ago when a platform was built around it, indicating that it was a place of some importance. Near the Manoir the team have dug six trenches to continue their study of the medieval graveyard here and have uncovered ten more grave cuts and the remains of what may have been the boundary wall of the cemetery. Sir Barry will be giving a talk about this year’s discoveries at the Manoir (opposite the Visitor Centre) tomorrow, Thursday 21st June, at 4pm.
Pictures are of the Little Sark site, grave cuts revealed near the Cider Barn and the remains of a 14th century wall
Pictures and words are courtesy of Sue Daly Productions