Day 4: April 8th 2014

Rather than go to the site, today I had some meetings in town at Jersey Museum. Probably just as well as I had killed my hands yesterday through over-use of the secateurs in cutting the ivy off the entrance posts!

I had a couple of meetings about various projects I have on the go with Jersey Heritage, connected with victims of Nazism in the Channel Islands and with the redesign / reinterpretation of the Occupation Tapestry Gallery. Some exciting plans are afoot for 2015, but this is not the place to spill the beans! Afterwards I spoke to Jon Carter, Director of Jersey Heritage, about Lager Wick and how the project is going. The good news is that Jersey Heritage would like an exhibition on the project, perhaps to be held at Elizabeth Castle, which has some features dating to the Occupation. The even better news is that Jon is open as to the content of the exhibition and is happy to see the direction that the project takes. Although I won’t know what I’ve really got until I start to excavate, I know that I have plenty of good photos, oral testimony and data to write about. At present, I have a nice collection of post-war artefacts without context from the surface of the site, which Peter says he managed to save from inquisitive workmen today (phew!). My collection of old glass bottles was nearly swiped! Peter also says that his resistivity and geo-radar results from today have some potential but nothing too definite. Apparently some water pipes are playing havoc with his results. Back on site tomorrow for more work!Image

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About Gilly Carr

I am a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Cambridge's Institute of Continuing Education. I work in the field of conflict archaeology and POW archaeology, and my fieldwork is based in the Channel Islands.

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