On February 15th seventeen volunteers spent a day working on Mardon Down. We split up into several groups:

  1. one group completed the clearance of a T shaped reeve on the summit of the Down that had been identified by archaeologist Phil Newman
  2. another group re-cleared slit trenches dating from the American army camp at Mardon in the Second World War.
  3. other volunteers worked on a new site on the west side of the moor where there are some very large WW2 trenches – quite impressive once the bracken, gorse and encroaching shrubs were removed – and providing a very welcome shelter from the wind at lunch-time.

Using information provided from a recent drone lidar survey we also investigated two areas that might have contained circles of various descriptions but as yet without positive results.

 

The volunteers having lunch in one of the WW2 trenches.  Photo: Rachel Watson

The volunteers having lunch in one of the WW2 trenches. Photo: Rachel Watson