Date(s) - 29/07/2017
This event is taking place as part of a national scheme – the British Festival of Archaeology. To find out more about the festival and other events around the country see: http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/
Discover Bronze Age and Iron Age North Cornwall – A talk at the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic by Peter Hewitt
Sat 29th Jul 2017, 1pm – 3pm, The Museum of Witchcraft & Magic Library, Boscastle
Free, but advanced booking required (please email the Museum to reserve your place: firstname.lastname@example.org). Normal admission charges to the Museum apply (if talk attendees wish to visit the Museum before or after the talk).
The Cornish coast,especially between Boscastle and Trevose Head to the south, is perhaps the most stunning coastline in the world. It is renowned for its Arthurian mythos at Tintagel, but this landscape also harbours many other important and mysterious sites. This illustrated talk will consider the lesser known archaeology of the region: a Bronze Age ‘temple’, cemeteries and ‘mortuary houses’, coastal barrows and promontory forts. It will also explore the importance of ‘wild places’ in the geo-mythology of Cornwall; the outlying islets, caves, rock formations and their relationship to the sea and spirit places of the Bronze and Iron age.
In addition to these ideas, the talk will also explore the continuity of ritual practice occurring at these sites with reference to modern Cornish folklore and the collections housed at the Museum of Witchcraft & Magic. Central to the talk however will be the artefacts found at or near these ancient sites,such as Bronze Age gold crescents or lunalae, tools and grave goods.
An optional guided walk to the embanked Iron Age headland at Willapark will follow the talk. It will involve a climb from sea level to around 320 ft, and stout walking shoes are recommended especially if it is wet.
The talk will last until about 1.45pm, followed by discussion. The walk will commence around 2pm.