A note from Simon: the launch of the new book about the excavation of the slave graveyard in Rupert’s Valley was fabulous and fascinating. Professor Mark Horton – sometime presenter on the BBC’s Coast series – said that the island’s role in the abolition of slave-running during its most savage era was of far greater significance than Napoleon’s exile at Longwood. I’ve recorded interviews with him and with Dr Andrew Pearson, the lead archaeologist, but pressure of my own university assignments means it will be some days before I can post a report on this site. Professor Horton did say the story needs to be heard “by millions”. A story put out by Bristol University has been picked up around the world.
For now, here’s a slideshow of images from the excavations, with thanks to Joy Lawrence for finding it. You need to scroll down the page a bit.