Date: 07/05/12 | Cost: FREE | Location: Porlock Common, just off the A39 Porlock Hill. OS Grid Ref: SS 843 457.
Tags: Delve into the Past, Discovering Prehistory,
Delve into the past with experts from Exmoor National Park and the University of Bristol this Monday 7 May - when a rare open day event gives you access to a unique archaeological dig at Hawkcombe Head, near Porlock, at Exmoor National Park.
The seaside village of Porlock is one of Exmoor's best known destinations, but most people do not know about the Stone Age secrets lying hidden on the hills above. Prehistoric activities and settlement have left subtle evidence behind - post holes, fire hearths, clay floors and flint tools made from local beach pebbles. Clues have gradually been revealed during a project by Dr Paula Gardiner from the University of Bristol, and Rob Wilson-North of Exmoor National Park Authority.
The finds date back as long as 8,000 years ago, a period archaeologists call the Mesolithic (middle Stone Age) when stone-based technology was the key to success, on a landscape that was heavily wooded compared to Exmoor today. People were developing intricate designs with flint to provide a wide range of useful things, from arrowheads to knives.
Where did these people live? What did their homes look like? What did they eat? Come and quiz archaeologists Paula and Rob to uncover the answers!
Hawkcombe Head Open Day takes place Monday 7 May, 11am to 4pm. Located at Hawkcombe Head, Porlock Common, just off the A39 Porlock Hill. Photos, a location map and more details are available at www.heartofexmoor.org.uk or call Faye Balmond on 01398 322164.
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