New Discoveries!

Despite the heavy rain today, it was lovely to have so many visitors to Les Varines for our Open Day. If you didn’t get to attend, the pop-up museum will still be open for the rest of the week until 30th July. You can still get a tour from our fabulous site director Dr Ed Blinkhorn.

Since our new student team from the University of Manchester arrived at the beginning of the week, there has been an exciting discovery of an in-situ area of Les Varines. Usually Palaeolithic sites are badly affected by glacial changes over time, but this part of the trench has lain undisturbed for 14,000 years! Lots of flint has been found here, surrounded by many large intriguing rocks.

In-situ area of the trench

Each blue flag means flint!

Each blue flag means flint!

Deep geological coring and test-pits directed by Dr Martin Bates have allowed us to see layers of sediment for 7m below the trench surface, which have helped understanding of the site above.

Cat digging 1.4m deep test-pit

Cat digging 1.4m deep test-pit

We also welcomed Dr Chantal Conneller and Dr Dave Underhill who reopened the Mesolithic excavation site in the north of the island, Les Marionneux. The 3x2m trench has already revealed a staggering number of finds, about 200 every day! These have included many microlith blades, and a rare bevel-ended tool. The cliff-top site is a pleasure to dig at, overlooking views of Sark, Normandy and Guernsey.

Les Marionneux

Les Marionneux

With only 1 more week to go with this year’s project, we are all busy trying to answer as many archaeological questions as possible. It’s hard work, but so rewarding!

Celebrating our Open Day with Mammoth cake

Celebrating our Open Day with Mammoth cake

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