Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Les Varines 2016

Dr Matt Pope and his team are back. On an exposed Les Varines hillside, the earth studded with Neolithic finds, Matt, Ed and the team patiently dig away. Everyday the students unearth flints that haven't seen the light of day since they were buried centuries ago. 

Jersey was joined to France and wandering tribes crossed continents to shelter in Jersey's landscape. They hunted reindeer, fished its waters and napped flints and its remnants of those activities the team are slowly discovering.

About 150 finds are carefully prised daily from the clay pit. In some cases the white flint exposed to sunlight will slowly turn blue. Each find is located, measured and bagged. 

Any visitor will be warmly welcomed until the dig is once again covered over at the end of July.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Greve De Lecq Barracks

Saturday and the island lanes echoed to voices of charitable souls as they strode determinedly or meandered amicably chatting away on the Island Walk.

But tucked away at the bottom of a hill lay Greve De Lecq barracks where re-enactment soldiers from both Jersey and Guernsey, beautifully decked out in the uniforms of the day, covering early Jersey Militia, the first World War and the second World War, showed their wares.

Food in the mess tent and soldiers billeted in the barracks, whiled away the hours.