Date(s) - 23/07/2017
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
CAS visit to the Tintagel excavations on Sunday 23 July 11.00 to 16.00hrs
Please register your interest by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning on coming to the CAS trip to the site. This is to help give an idea of numbers!
Parking (paying) can be found in one of the many car parks in the village. There is a land rover service (for a charge) which can take the less mobile down the 600m track from the village to the ticket hall.
There is an entrance fee to the castle (£8.40, £7.60 concessions seniors): it is free to EH members but remember to bring your card.
There is a long walk up some 100 steps to the island. Go through the arched doorway in the medieval curtain wall to assemble at the custodian’s hut on the Island at 11.00am for a welcome and introduction to the project by Jacky Nowakowski (CAU). Groups of 10-12 will then be guided to the excavation area and have a chance to see the work in progress. Expect each guided tour to last 30 minutes. There are lots of steps to climb elsewhere on the island (which can get very slippery in wet weather) and in places springy grass underfoot. Be aware that the island is very exposed.
Before the 13th century medieval castle was built, Tintagel was the centre of a very important post-Roman settlement, with traces of houses which cover most of the island. Previous excavations have produced the largest quantities of 5th/6th century ceramics, from any site Britain.
This summer (from early July to mid August) CAU with a large team of volunteers, including many CAS members, will be returning to Tintagel to continue excavations. Tintagel Castle Archaeological Research Project (TCARP) is a new research programme commissioned by English Heritage at the internationally significant site of Tintagel Castle in North Cornwall. Exploratory work in 2016 revealed the stone footings of the walls of large buildings and slate floors – part of a cluster of buildings related to the major post-Roman citadel at Tintagel during the 5th to 6th centuries AD. Excavations on the southern terrace this summer will expose in plan at least two stone buildings, a stone staircase and doorways as well as look for evidence which will tell us when the buildings were built, what they were used for and when did they fell into ruin.
The island is busy at all times. Strong footwear and cover for rain and sun is strongly advised – particularly if the present heatwave continues! And bring plenty of water and maybe a packed lunch. There is a café by the ticket office but it can get busy.
Your EH entry ticket will enable you to explore the Island after the visit, and also those parts of the medieval castle back on the mainland. English Heritage has good on-site interpretation which includes a dramatic (modern) bronze sculpture on the top of the Island. There is a good modern display centre back by the ticket office which shows a good range of typical finds from all stages of the site’s history.