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Archaeological excavations in Guernsey are normally directed by the States Archaeologist, or by visiting professional archaeologists subject to prior arrangement. In general the States Archaeologist deals with rescue excavations, in response to planning applications for development in sensitive areas, while visiting archaeologists - usually from University departments - focus on longer-term research projects. Some examples of recent research projects in the Bailiwick of Guernsey include the following:

Island of the Dead? The buried Neolithic landscape of Herm

Stepping stones to the Neolithic? Islands, maritime connectivity and the 'western seaways' of Britain, 5000-3500 BC

The States Archaeologist is supported by two assistant archaeologists, also based at Guernsey Museum, and by volunteers who work on excavations and help to process the finds from them. There are many opportunities to become involved in this work - further details are available by following the Related Pages link.

Material from excavations on Guernsey is housed in the Museum store, where it can be examined by arrangement with the States Archaeologist. Further details of the Museum collections can be found by following the Related Pages.

The States Archaeologist also oversees the investigation and excavation of historic wreck in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Further information on the regulations concerning the discovery and investigation of underwater sites is available below as a PDF download.

For information about metal detecting, please click here.

Document downloads

- Historic Wrecks Brochure