Skip to comments.'Perplexing' find at Alderney Roman dig
Posted on 07/29/2012 4:45:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Archaeologists have found something "interesting" and "perplexing" at a Roman dig in Alderney.
A team from the island, the UK and Guernsey are excavating land at the fort of the nunnery at Longy Common.
The dig is focusing on a gateway and wall but the team said they were "not expecting" the way it was laid out.
Dr Jason Monaghan said: "We've found something interesting, but we don't actually know what it is until we take a bit more dirt out."
Dr Monaghan, Director of Guernsey Museums, said the team had dug a trench to examine the gateway.
"It's a bit perplexing, the nunnery always throws little surprises at us and the wall has changed below the ground level and we weren't expecting that to happen so we need to know why it's changed," he said.
On a previous dig the site was found to be a well-preserved Roman military structure dating back to the 4th Century after a building and tower were uncovered.
Following that dig, Dr Monaghan said: "It's better preserved than all the other small Roman forts in Britain.
"It probably guarded the entrance to Longis Bay, Alderney's only natural harbour, and I think they would probably have based a couple of Roman warships there."
(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...
Besides various military uses, the site has also hosted a farm, the residence of the island's governor and holiday homes
Alderney ruin found to be Roman fort
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It’s a wall. It changed below ground level? I believe my contractor called that “the foundation”. Archeologists need to watch HGTV once in awhile instead of all that smut they watch.
I had my heart set on a Stargate.
Dirt blows in ~ not every wall needs a foundation.
Tune in and see them Drop Trowel.
That still shot looks familiar.
I believe the movie is “Five Million Years from Earth.”
Haven’t seen it in ages but still love it.
so is this where we get to do ‘get thee to a nunnery’ jokes????
It was a pretty cool movie, way ahead of its time.
Should also say, I think Stephen King co-opted the idea for his novel “Tommyknockers”.
Oh dear, they do need to be careful. If the Pandorica is ever opened again, well, lets just say there’s no Dr around to fix it all this time! The Daleks and Cybermen will have it ...
Also known as “Quatermass and the Pit”. That movie was a little slice of awesome, and well worth seeking out.
Secret passage to the nuns quarters from the priests?
Same here. I keep hoping to make a bid on one of those extra Baal clones :p
Putting a base there would make a lot of sense. It’s a tiny little island, so a base would not be vulnerable to land side attack as would a base on the mainland.
A grandfather of mine came from the Channel Island of Jersey to Maine in 1671, and with his brother, was later killed by indians in 1706.
Upon migration, they changed their surname from French/Spanish to English/German in spelling, as was common.
George and Maturin Ricker (Ricarte)
Interesting, thanks t_s. I love family history.
:’) Better than a picture of Helen.
oh yeah... but she is even older....