CHAHP News

This is the place to keep up to date with all the latest goings on in the Caradon Hill Area. There's a huge range of events taking place every month, from guided themed walks and school trips with local experts, to wildlife and monument conservation and community celebrations. There are also lots of opportunities to learn new skills and sign up as a volunteer.

Browse the events listings and find out about project news or sign up to the RSS feed to get automatic updates whenever new info is added.

Caradon Hill Area Heritage Partnership Inaugural Meeting

Wednesday 6th November, Sterts, 7:30pm
The first official meeting of the Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project Legacy Group, set up by CHAHP in partnership with the community groups formed with assistance from them. The aim of the partnership group is to carry on certain aspects of the project (which finishes it’s delivery on 31st December 2013) by working together.

Guided Walk - Mines, Mines and more Mines

Friday 18th October 10am to 1pm. Beginning at Linkinhorne Parish Hall, Upton Cross, with CHAHP Officer Iain Rowe. 2.5 miles approx - suitable footwear & clothing for a moorland walk a must. Some stiles and mud!

Guided Walk - Monday 14th October 10am to 1pm

Led by CHAHP Officer Jane Uglow, beginning at Golitha NNR carpark Free –no booking required.

Mapping the Sun at the Hurlers

A groundbreaking community archaeology project on Bodmin Moor has just wound up its excavation phase. Mapping the Sun has been facilitated and managed by The Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project (CHAHP), which receives funding from the Heritage Lottery Project, DEFRA, Cornwall Council and other local partners. This phase of the project has been deemed a great success, with the excavation and associated workshops being visited by well over 1,000 people. Twelve local school group visits were also facilitated and managed during the week long project by CHAHP. With the children learning about life in the Bronze Age and actually visiting the remains of the roundhouses where the builders of the Hurlers may have lived, as well as Rillaton Barrow, former home of the famous gold cup. Myths and Legends, Astronomy and Archaeology workshops were laid on for them also. A series of guided walks during the week were well attended, as were the flint knapping, small finds and woad dyeing workshops on Saturday. The excavation team was mainly made of volunteers, most of which were local, and had no archaeological training beforehand. Apart from the successful community aspect of the project, important discoveries have been made and a unique pavement excavated initially in the 1930s, and under threat from erosion has been re-excavated, surveyed and resealed. During the excavation a Bronze Age cutting tool was found as well as other flakes of flint. We will have to wait, possibly up to three months, for the pollen sampling analysis to come back, which should enable us to date the building of this unique monument, which is unknown in any other part of Britain, possibly the world. The excavation has been led by members of Cornwall Council’s Historic Environment Projects Team, who have overseen the dig, trained the volunteers and kept the visitors informed. The Roseland Observatory was on site all week leading workshops and surveying the landscape and astronomical alignments. A local Geologist has also been on site adding to a unique mix of experts who will be all adding their findings to the final report, which is due to be published before Christmas 2013. The Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project would like to thank the landowners, site managers, graziers and local commoners for their help and permissions, without which this event could never have taken place. We would also like to thank all those who turned up to help out with the dig, school trips, workshops etc.

Hurlers - Mapping The Sun Update

Firstly we must apologise, the very week we have our biggest event ever - our website goes down! WE ARE SORRY!

Please follow the link below to find out what has been happening (you do not have to be a member of Facebook to access it).

https://www.facebook.com/caradonarch

We are up and running now, so watch this space for more news!

The CHAHP Team

Scrub clearance Minions Mound

Tuesday 17th September  Minions Mound and Hurlers
Lead: James Gossip, Jacky Nowakowski and Mapping the Sun team
Meet: Hurlers car park, SX 2259 7111, 10.30 am
Aim: to clear gorse and vegetation from Minions Mound and between Minions Mound and the Hurlers Stone Circles to create visibility between the monuments.  This will be part of the Mapping the Sun project. 


With Caradon Hill Area Heritage Project, Historic Environment Projects, Cornwall Council and
The Conservation Volunteers
The aim of this work is to improve the condition and visibility of monuments in the Minions area.   The work will vary between removal of large gorse bushes to small-scale ‘gardening’ work on low stones.  So there will be something for everybody!

Recent Archaeological Finds in Cornwall Talk

Caradon Archaeology Present A Free Talk, Open To All:

“Recent Archaeological Finds Reported To The Portable Antiquities Scheme”

By Anna Tyacke
Finds Liaison Officer for Cornwall
Portable Antiquities Scheme
www.finds.org.uk

Followed By:

Their AGM

Wednesday 10th July
Stuart House, Liskeard 7:30pm.

PENSILVA WILDLIFE GROUP

Invites you to a talk by: Jen Bousfield on Dormice
You may never see them, but these elusive and fascinating creatures are our neighbours – so do come and find out more about them, free & open to all.
Millennium House, Pensilva, Wednesday June 12th starting at 7.30pm

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