A collection of flints from a test pit Brick Field © A J Schofield

It has been known for many years that Brick Field contains large numbers of prehistoric flints but now that the field is no longer ploughed it was more difficult to asssess their importance. A programme of archaeological fieldwork led by Dr John Schofield of Southampton University investigated most of the area south of Quarter Wall by excavating shallow test-pits 1m square and seiving the soil. This showed several concentrations of mesolithic (middle stone age) flints on the cliff tops and other areas where the material seemed later in date.

Excavating a test-pit in 1990 © A J Schofield

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