The now uninhabited island of Samson has a wealth of information on recent Scillonian history. Abandoned in 1855, the islands have a fabulously well preserved post-medieval (late 17th to the mid-19th century) landscape and settlement of 19 buildings, however the ravages of time have taken their toll and something needed to be done to secure the remains for the future. A previous excavation undertaken by Cardiff University in 1977 has already revealed much about the island’s life in the declining years of Samson’s occupation.

Started in 2006, archaeological investigation, recording and consolidation will continue in the 2007 season.


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