We were getting a little nervous at this point, having found little on trenches 1 and 2. As we walked around the island, a clearing caught Annalisa’s eye.
It seemed undisturbed and our local guide confirmed that this area had never been under intensive use. We decided to excavate here, and to maximise my chances of locating the subsurface archaeology we carried out small test pits at regular intervals. It looked like this:
By the end of the work we had managed to expose quite a lot of pottery, charcoal, bone, a coarse gravelly layer full of coral debris, and the sandstone remains of a structure of a type known locally. The pottery was consistent with what we had found in the other two trenches, which gave a useful idea of date: probably our target period!