Saturday, 17 September 2016

Reading The Hurlers – Dig Week – Day 6 Open Day

Reading The Hurlers – Dig Week – Day 6 Open Day

An action packed day on Bodmin moor at the Dig Site, with hundreds of visitors taking a look in the trenches to see the results of the week long archaeological dig, and join in the many activities through the day.

Experts were on hand all day answering questions and discussing theories of Archaeology and Geology, while many of the trenches were being dug and recorded by the hard working team of diggers. Archaeologists from Cornwall Archaeology Unit continued to map, measure and record whilst also talking visitors through the dig site trenches.

Emma: "A huge thank you to all those who took part in both the Dig and the Open Day, it would not have been the successful event it was without everybody’s efforts."

Throughout the day Brian Sheen and his team from the Roseland Observatory held drop-in workshops which explored the astro-archaeology of The Hurlers and surrounding area. They explained some of the theories of the stone alignments in The Hurlers complex, in addition to casting their expert eye over the freshly exposed megaliths at the dig site.

Iain Rowe guided a small army of keen walkers across the moors on the Beyond the Horizon guided walk, taking in key monuments which cannot be seen direct from The Hurlers, but are part of the wider historical landscape.

Towards the end of the day, and with a huge amount of excitement a Socket Hole was discovered at the base of the large stone lying in Trench F. This stones geological make up already informed us that it had been brought to the area  (as have several of the large stones in the dig area) and a Neolithic arrow head was discovered beneath the side of the stone in Trench F. With the socket hole located we might surmise this stone was indeed a standing stone megalith, and alignments have been suggested to Solstice sun positions.  

Did we uncover a fourth circle or are the stones part of a more complicated monument? It is still early days to fully understand and the evidence collection is ongoing, the area is a complicated historic landscape and we continue to read the hurlers for more information.

James: We’ve had a brilliant week on RTH and we’d like to thank all the volunteers for all their hard work and dedication. Following painstaking cleaning and excavation around the stones we are confident that at least one of them was once a standing stone. This stone, Trench F, is where the arrowhead was found.

Reading The Hurlers - Digger Teams debrief at the end of the dig week. - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA