On Wednesday 9th November, the DPA Volunteers were joined for their workday by Sophie Pierce and a cameraman from the BBC to record an item for Spotlight and BBC Devon. Their interest had been piqued when Sophie read about the site in Dartmoor Matters. She liked the fact that the site is so little known, not marked on OS maps and yet is of a significant size and importance.

Sylvia Hamilton explains what we are doing there

Sylvia Hamilton explains what we are doing there

A good turn out of 16 volunteers plus Any Crabb, the DNPA/HIstoric England archaeologist, set out for the site on a bright but chilly and showery day.

 

Setting off to work across the site

Setting off to work across the site

 

Between the showers, the BBC were able to record enough material to put out a piece on Spotlight on Friday 11th November.

Strimmers at work

Strimmers at work

 

Strimmers at work.

Strimmers at work.

 

Filming the hut circle with Bob Bruce at work as background interest

Filming the hut circle with Bob Bruce at work as background interest

 

The photograph above shows filming the hut circle with Bob Bruce at work as background interest. They needed so many retakes that Bob almost missed his coffee break and cake! Thanks to Hilary Luce for her excellent baking.

Here's one they made earlier

Here’s one they made earlier – a reconstructed Bronze Age round house near Manaton

 

BBC reporter Sophie Pierce describing life in the Bronze Age

BBC reporter Sophie Pierce describing life in the Bronze Age

 

Life in the round house

Life in the round house

 

Thanks to Keith Ryan for capturing the following images from his TV.  Thanks also to the BBC Spotlight editor for expediting the copyright situation.

Thank you to everyone who came and braved the showers and hail. It was hard work, particularly clearing the brash so far away at the end, but we made really good progress. We will return for 2 more visits in the New Year.