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Guernsey was an important trading point between France and England.A large amount of pottery from the Saintonge region of France has been found, suggesting that the ship was carrying a consignment of earthenware.A third century shipwreck discovered in the mouth of St Peter Port harbour 1n 1982 is known to be the Roman ship "Asterix"and is now on display in Castle Cornet.The most important medieval wreck site in NW Europe near St Peter Port Harbour mouth is larger than first thought.The largest in Guernsey, La Varde Dolmen is near the 17th green of L'Ancresse golf course and measures 11 metres long by four metres wide and has a capping stone pile of five metres long and one metre thick.One cannot even start to imagine how early man could have moved such stones into position.It is also known that at the Vale Castle site a fort dating back to around 550BC was built there.Several excavations in St Peter Port prior to rebuilding works in the late twentieth-century have confirmed that the Romans used the island as a trading base from around 56 AD and probably stayed here for around 250 years.
The Bretons moved to the island from between 600AD and 800AD.
Up to 6,500BC, the islands were in fact part of the French mainland until the Ice Age came to an end.
Discoveries in the 20th century have shown evidence of mankind dating back to 5,000 BC (New Stone Age) when tribes, possibly from Spain moved here.
More than 2,500 pieces os far have been discovered some 20cm in diameter and remenants of food and evidence that the pots have been hung over a fire, indicate that people had lived on the site.
Pottery expert Helene Ploffet has been dating the pottery and says that this pushes the site back 1,000 years earlier that previously thought to early Neolithic age.