Wednesday, 8 September 2010
In addition, the remains continue to slowly disappear off the cliff as the winter storms erode the cliff face resulting in the loss of important archaeological evidence. Local residents and the National Trust therefore teamed up together to investigate the site before it is lost forever.
The fieldwork was carried out by a steadfast and skilled team composed of Christean Wilson, Chris Verran, Priscilla Oakes, Megan Reed, Barbara Powell, Stephen Brooks and others, under the direction of Dr. Imogen Wood of Exeter University and Dr. Bryn Morris.
The week itself was a great success and the results exceeded all expectations !
The investigations revealed a midden, a possible hearth, a clay floor surface, pits filled with charcoal and occupation layers. However, whilst taking environmental samples Dr Ben Pears and Dr Tom Walker by complete chance discovered a line of stones which, when revealed, remarkably turned out to be the exterior of a clay bonded revetted stone wall from a Dark Age house !
As you can see from the photographs, the wall was straight and created much like a Cornish hedge with neat stone face suggesting a rectangular house which from the outside would have looked like an earth bank with a roof on top, which one could imagine would be ideal to shelter its occupants from winter storms.