To protect the headland from erosion we are laying new floating paths that will protect the buried archaeology. During the last week of September (Monday 24th – Friday 28th 2018), we shall be stripping the turf where the path crosses particularly sensitive archaeological remains. The turf will be carefully set aside for repair of erosion on other parts of the headland, while any archaeology revealed will be recorded.
The work will involve the careful removal of turf with a spade, followed by the cleaning of the surface below using trowels. We shall not be excavating further than that, but expect to be uncovering early medieval walls along with a range of finds from the period.
We are looking for volunteers to start at 8am and finish at 5pm. For those having to travel a distance, an alternative start-time of 10am is possible. Volunteering slots will be available for the whole five days. We hope you will be able to do all five days, but if you need a little flexibility please do let us know on your application form which we shall send you following your initial enquiry.
This brief excavation will be a great opportunity for you to glimpse some of Tintagel’s rich early medieval archaeology as it is revealed for the first time in over 1300 years! If your experience of archaeological excavation is limited, you will receive training and guidance throughout.
As a volunteer you will be paid reasonable out of pocket expenses for travel for up to 20 miles each way.
We ask you to bring a spade, bucket, hand-shovel and suitable archaeological trowel. You should be prepared with clothing for any weather, hot or wet, and you must wear strong shoes with toe protection.