On Tuesday 16th October volunteers met at Mardon Down to continue clearance work, at the invitation of the Commoners.  Mardon Down has many archaeological remains dating from pre-history right up to the second world war when the Down was occupied for about a year by an American regiment.

 

Hilary wondering where to start

Hilary wondering where to start

 

One group worked on clearing a long bank possibly dating from the Bronze Age, of particular interest since somewhere near it a hut circle had once been recorded but is now completely unseen. While the bank was satisfyingly visible at first, it faded as we went up the hill and no hut circle was identified. As they say in most projects ‘more research is needed!’

 

Will Val escape?

Will Val escape?

 

Hilary to the rescue

Hilary to the rescue

 

Others worked on clearing slit trenches, some of considerable length, made by the American forces.

 

Note iron work in the background

Note iron work in the background

 

An earthwork/trench of particular interest a little farther away from the others was complex and about 6 feet deep in parts, and several small pieces of iron work were still in place. Luckily this was being cleared by hand rather than by strimmers. Its purpose is a matter of conjecture.

 

 

From one end of cleared trench - under Derek's direction

From one end of cleared trench – under Derek’s direction

 

From the other end of trench

From the other end of trench

 

Another busy day in the “green gym” that is Dartmoor.  Come and join us!