A dozen of Dartmoor Preservation Association’s most committed archaeological conservation volunteers spent Sunday 5 February strimming, cutting and raking around five Bronze Age hut circles on Hawns and Dendles, north of Cornwood village on south Dartmoor. The weather was just right.
This task followed on from similar work to the ruined post-medieval farmstead carried out last November. The archaeology is now easier to see – the farmstead is just south of the wall at about SX615626 and the hut circles are scattered just north of the same wall.
The site is some distance from a parking area, so volunteers walked in from Higher Hele, with tools carried in by four-wheel drive.
Thanks to strimmers John W and Nigel, to Bob who marked out the work site, Adam who took the photos, Derek and Chris for organising and transporting the tools, Elaine for the cake and John V, Rachel, Hilary, Stephane and Sylvia, for lopping, slashing, pulling and raking.
Also thanks to the farmer for allowing parking in his farmyard and to the Cornwood Inn for use of their car park and providing a welcome refreshment break after work.
Summer will include a day on Hawns clearing tracks. There is more archaeology to investigate and clear later in the year.
New volunteers are always welcome – details are on the website.