Date(s) - 04/01/2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St Martins Church Hall
Cathy Parkes, Archaeology Projects Officer, CAU
Experiencing the magic of Lizard Head. Results of an archaeological assessment of National Trust land at Lizard Point, Landewednack.
A traveller to the Lizard in 1865 remarked that ‘All at once this ordinary perspective assumed a grand appearance as if by magic’. CAU’s recent assessment of this southern tip of Cornwall, for landowners the National Trust, revealed components of the Lizard’s distinctive spell. Among these are diverse archaeological remains of fishing and seafaring on the coastal ‘morrops’; as well as the natural wealth of serpentine rocks, seaweedy caves and soaring skylarks.
The CAU survey explored ways in which these ‘magic ingredients’ are mingled and experienced as historic landscape through the medium of one of the greatest ingredients of all – a network of historic routeways. The survey also raises the issue of the evolution of tourism, in such elemental and complex, vivid but sensitive Cornish places. How can we help ensure that their particular magic is enjoyed as widely as possible, yet not exposed to deterioration by over-exploitation and unintentionally restricted by this to chronological, as well as geographical limits?