St Martin’s Neolithic Site ‘Most Significant In The Southwest’

The dig on St Martin's

The dig on St Martin’s

The archaeologist working on a Neolithic site on St Martin’s says it’s turning out to be one of the most significant finds in the Southwest.

Duncan Garrow, a Lecturer at Reading University, showed islanders and visitors around the site during an open day on Saturday.

He’s leading a team of ten people excavating the area near Old Quay as part of the ‘Neolithic Stepping Stones’ project.

It’s the second year the group have visited after digging a series of 2m square test pits along the coastline last September. Those revealed evidence that people were living here between 3,500 and 3,000 years BC.

Duncan says the sheer amount of material found, including over 1,000 flints and 800 pottery shards, makes this is an extremely important site.

He said it was more than his team ever hoped for.

They also found postholes – evidence that the people here built structures to live in.

The group have spent the last three weeks revealing more of the site and have discovered more artefacts, including a very rare macehead – a perforated flint axe head.

He said he had hoped more islanders would have come forward to volunteer on the dig and felt Saturday’s open day might have piqued their interest.

Duncan says during the final week they’ll be tying up the loose ends and backfilling the trenches that have been dug.

He says he’d love to come back next year to continue unearthing the site but that will depend on the funding available.

You can find out more about the project here.

 



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