Date(s) - 16/10/2021
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
CAS Autumn Archaeological Exploration, Roughtor, Bodmin Moor
Meeting at Roughtor car park (SX 13874 81846)
Saturday October 16th 2021, 11am-4pm
Guided by landscape archaeologist Pete Herring
Why, when we know that Brown Willy is our highest mountain, do our eyes get caught and our minds get snared instead by its nearest neighbour, Cornwall’s second highest? Roughtor has along its twisting ridge, among its fantastic tors, one of Europe’s most significant prehistoric landscapes, hundreds of houses, scores of cairns, tangles of enclosures and fields, a voluminous tor enclosure, and an enigmatic bank cairn. And most of these treasures, including many of the houses, were carefully laid out by our forebears inrelation to either the tors or the remains left by earlier people, the works of giants.
Our walk will sample this landscape, sometimes approaching monuments from unusual directions, looking at their phasing, functions and meanings.
What may have drawn so much effort and energy to the place in the 4th, 3rd and 2nd millennia BC? Neolithic and Bronze Age summer grazing, the first tentative steps towards farming, and ancient gatherings of communities, when ancestors, real or supernatural, may have been invoked. Bring lunch and hot drinks, and wear boots for rough ground and layers of warm and waterproof clothing, ready for an autumn encounter with St Michael the Archangel, patron saint of windy places, and ready for dragons, or at least a wyvern.
Please note – COVID 19
Please do not attend if you are experiencing any Covid symptoms, or have been in contact with anyone who is. In the event of Covid lockdown OR restriction of numbers of people meeting outdoors, being in place at the time of the walk, the walk will be postponed, until further notice.