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Cornwall Archaeological Society training opportunities

April 14, 2008

A Cornwal Archaeological Society member, Dr Niall Finneran, is currently directing (with a colleague from English Heritage Bristol, Mr Nick Hanks) University of Winchester archaeological training excavations at Slaughterbridge near Camelford.

The site includes the Deserted Medieval Village of Old Melorne, an 18th century garden built by Lady Falmouth then resident at Worthyvale Manor, as well as test pitting and geophysical survey on the area popularly known as the Camlann Battlefield, the legendary site of King Arthur’s last battle, though also a site of a later battle between the Britons and English.

In addition they are undertaking extensive landscape archaeology work in the hinterland of Tintagel. There is something for everyone; apart from excavation itself they also teach surveying, planning, landscape archaeology, post-excavation techniques, environmental archaeology, conservation, cultural heritage management issues and experimental archaeology. Last year students from SOAS, University of London as well as the United Arab Emirates (featured on the BBC Radio Cornwall Breakfast Programme) worked with them.

Camping is available on site and they are able to offer a range of flexible options for attendance. The excavation itself is based at the Arthurian Centre, Slaughterbridge. This year they will be working on site in late June and early August. For more information please contact Dr Niall Finneran (lecturer in early medieval archaeology, University of Winchester) at:


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