42 children from Fourlanesend Community Primary School on the Rame Peninsula arrived at The Hurlers car park for a day of archaeology and geology. In contrast to previous visits, the sun was shining and suncream and hats were required for the first time since our programme of school visits started! The older class (years 5 and 6) began the day by undertaking a tape and offset survey of the central circle of The Hurlers.
Led by archaeologist Emma Stockley, this introduced the children to an archaeological survey technique involving drawing to scale, taking accurate measurements and a good deal of teamwork. The younger class walked to Gold Diggings quarry where they explored the geology and wider archaeological landscape alongside geologist Calum Beeson.
After lunch by the water at the quarry, the two groups swopped over and the younger class returned to The Hurlers to learn about scale, practise their measuring skills and take part in some archaeological interpretation activities. The day ran smoothly with the help and support of Pat Fitzsimmons (Saltash U3A), Exeter University student Megan Shute and Moorland Guides Keith Rawlings and Steve Hopkins.