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Archeological finds

Well, the new sewage drain and water pipe installation is well under way.  The team of contractors have been working hard all week to dig a trench right across the island.  They began outside the farmhouse, and while they continued up the hill towards the Fog Horn compound, the Archeologists seemed to stay put.  In fact, our archeologist only began her trek along the ditch and up the hill this afternoon.

On a few maps the site of a monastery is described, just to the North of the farmhouse.  Our Archeologist has discovered a substantial wall that could potentially belong to the Monastery.  Also uncovered is a stone paved floor with walls to two sides. A pottery fragment and a mysterious jaw were also discovered on the scene.

In the photo above, the farmhouse is to the right.  What could be the monastery wall is just beyond the fence.  The paved area is by the black and white measuring stick with the remains of a wall bordering the paving stones to the right and below.  The black and white measuring stick is 50cm long, each mark is 10cm.

Some more detailed photos of the finds below, click to enlarge.


6 responses

  1. Carole Sharp

    Very interesting! Wasn’t the grave slab originally found near the farmhouse, roughly where the paving and wall have been found? Can the Archaeology Department at the University (or Time Team) be persuaded to carry out a geophysical survey in order to ascertain the extent of the walling? Please keep us up to date with any more discoveries – I’m intrigued!

    January 25, 2011 at 10:46 pm

  2. Hi Carole, as far as I know, the grave stone was found a little further away to the north-east. This would be outside the walled area though which would make sense.

    You have to wonder how much earth was disturbed when it was moved around during the Victorian occupation (the Moncrief gunpits alone must have thousands of tons of earth alone piled up against them). I’m sure a lot was moved during WWII also. It’s amazing really that we have something that has survived.


    January 26, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    • Carole Sharp

      Thanks Sam. I’ve just been reading the Report of the Cardiff Naturalists Society 1948-1950 on “Some recent Archaeological Investigations” on Flat Holm by H B A Ratcliffe-Densham. If you haven’t seen it, its well worth a look as it discusses trenches that were dug near the farm house and the finds that were made there, including limestone paving, walls and a couple of skeletons (?the knights). Its hard to work out where these trenches were dug as there is no plan but you may be able to understand the layout as you are on site. John Barrett also refers to this report, and an earlier one from 1890, in his book on the Grave Slabs. Cheers Carole

      January 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm

      • Natalie


        The Radcliffe-Densham paper is really interesting and we have some copies of it on the island which the island staff would probably find interesting.

        The University have expressed interest in continuing the geophysical survey they started last year, which concentrated on the south side of the Island.

        I am going to investigate the possibility of a dig on the island as well so I will keep you up to date on this.

        January 27, 2011 at 3:17 pm

  3. Carole Sharp

    Hi Natalie, It would be brilliant if the University could take a look at the Farmhouse surroundings. There is so much potential for a major discovery there. Fingers crossed! Carole

    January 28, 2011 at 12:09 am

    • It’s looking amazing, Just my luck to be trapped off the island when all this is going on. I can’t wait to get back. Matt

      January 30, 2011 at 11:20 am

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