Excavations 2006
 
Summary
The 2006 season saw investigations move outside the immediate confines of the structure of the church itself, although certain areas inside were examined in an attempt to answer particular questions.  Accurate drawing and recording of all areas within the church and its enclosing walls were completed. A half square (AA3) was opened to the north outside the structure to test the hypothesis the later structures had been built atop of, or into a Bronze Age burial mound.   It seems likely this were case as although the extent to which the mound originally covered the area remains uncertain prehistoric pottery was uncovered also to the south of the stone church.
 
This year, Arno Beyer of Kiel University undertook research into the soil profiling of the areas around the excavation site.  This work involved the use of a small excavator for the digging of trenches, approximately 1.5m wide, down to the natural bedrock.  Archaeological supervision ensured little or no loss of any features or evidence.  The trench excavated to the south of the site revealed numerous post-holes and unearthed ceramics predating those found in the church itself.  The excavator had, it seems, uncovered traces of a settlement.  The dating and spread of this community though remains a question to be answered in the 2007 season, with larger areas to be opened expanding the trench for methodical and systematic investigation.
 
To the south-east of the church the remains of the cemetery believed to be contemporary with the church were revealed.  A number of the graves (see photo lower left), with some coming up almost adjacent to the southern wall of the stone structure, were excavated but unfortunately due to the acid nature of the soil no bones, except for the teeth and lower jaw of a child, were found extant.
The Excavation was expanded this year to Investigate Areas outside the church building itself.