The Bailiwick of Guernsey includes the islands of Alderney, Sark and Herm as well as the smaller islands of Jethou, Lihou, Brecqhou and Burhou. Although small in total land area, the islands contain a high density of archaeological remains including:
- Prehistoric monuments
- Roman settlements
- Medieval churches and castles
- 18th and 19th century fortifications
- Extensive WWII fortifications
- Shipwrecks from the Roman to modern periods
Guernsey is a small island which faces intense pressure from development. As a consequence archaeology is continually being disturbed and the recording of new sites and finds needs to keep pace. Guernsey law does not currently require development to provide funding for archaeology and so volunteers play a crucial part in the fieldwork, recording and publication of new discoveries.
The Archaeology Section operates in conjunction with Guernsey Museum and the Section usually meets on site for fieldwork or at the Archaeology Office in Grange House, St Peter Port for curatorial work. Recent projects include: excavations at La Chapelle Dom Hue and at the Roman settlement at Longis (Alderney), geophysical surveys on sites around the island and visits to coastal prehistoric sites to check for erosion.
There is a programme of events throughout the year including site visits, lectures and workshops.
Upcoming Société Events
Membership of the Section is free!
New members are always sought, whether you can wield a trowel, pickaxe, wash potsherds or simply want to come to our visits and seminars. For further details contact the section secretary.