Archaeology Projects

Research Excavations At Slate House, St Clement

August 2017

This is the current piece of practical work being carried out as an extension of the Iron Age & Gallo-Roman Jersey Project.  The area, which has been known since the 1980s, is a multi-period settlement site, with evidence for occupation from the Bronze Age until the present.  The principal interest of the excavation however is the period from the 2nd century BC to the 3rd century AD, during which there is evidence for at least two areas of settlement nearby, around the vicinity of St Clement's Church.

Results from an earlier geophysical survey showed some linear areas of disturbance running diagonally northwest to southeast across the field. Five exploratory trenches were put in around these areas. There were quantities of Roman and Iron Age pottery discovered in four of the five trenches, along with two post-Medieval French coins. In the shallow eastern trench an Iron Age ditch and post hole were found, and in the south of the field, the last trench was cut by a large area of fill. This corresponded with an earlier post-Medieval routing of the main road, that now passes south of the field boundary.

Testing Our New Resistivity Meter, St Clement

July 2017

We took delivery of our new resistivity meter and tested it at the St Clement site. Although the ground was very dry and hard we managed to get a set of interesting results.

Surveying at La Moye Quarry, St Brelade

June 2017

We were plane table surveying at La Moye Quarry, including the ruined building used to house the winding machinery to pull granite up from the cliffs. This is part of the ongoing bigger project investigating the quarry sites around Jersey.

Field Walking in St Martin

May 2017

The Archaeology Section spent a few days at this site after some suggestions of late Bronze Age activity in the area. The principle method of investigation was field walking, where the field is divided in to 10m² squares, and each volunteer walks up and down their square, picking up any material of interest. The Section also washed and recorded the finds, which was mostly made up of flint debitage, Medieval and post-Medieval pottery and C19th domestic material.