Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Les Varines Open Day 2017

Open Day at LesVarines. A quiet Sunday heralded the last opportunity for people to gather and peer into an archaeological pit delivering evidence of an ancient settlement of Neanderthals. 

Earth that hasn't seen the light of day since mammoth's roamed these pastures is carefully scraped and sifted to reveal small fragments of early man's existence.

A hearth is clearly indicated by carbon discolouration and flattened stones. A gloved hand is proffered for Matt to identify small chips of bone. Bagged and numbered it will add to the other 9,000 finds Les Varines has revealed. Tomorrow the site will be recovered leaving 80% still to be rediscovered by future generations armed with new ideas, theories and tools. A generous act repeated by archeologist's around the world protecting and preserving fragile remnants of man's existence. 

Thank you and goodbye to Matt, Ed and the team for all the hard work and effort you have put in to help us make sense of this island's history. Long may you remain curious.

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