In the first few months of 2014, we have been busy clearing the hut circle settlement of Polcoverack [SW774 188] for the first time. We have now uncovered several hut circles that have not been visible for many years, and will continue to keep monitoring this interesting site.


If you would like to visit the site and see what we have been up to, take the St.Keverne road to St.Keverne Beacon (Dollys Corner) and then turn south on to the Penhallick road. After a few hundred metres you will see on your left a track that runs down towards Polcoverack Farm. Walk down this track and you will see a large cleared area on your left, and the hut circles are easily visible there. For further information about this site please contact Bart O'Farrell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give him a ring at 01326-281139.

 

LAN is taking a break for the summer, but in the Autumn we will be concentrating on the site of Kynance Gate [SW687 139], a lovely lesser-known Bronze and Iron Age settlement site, inland from Kynance Cove. This site was first revealed and partially excavated in the 1950s by Ivor Thomas, a local schoolteacher, but remained little visited and explored until LAN 'adopted' it a few years ago. By this time, it had become very overgrown with gorse and other vegetation, but over the last few years we have been regularly clearing it, and now the whole of the southern section is visible. We are starting our Autumn season there with a picnic (families and children welcome) on Sunday September 28th. Meet at Kynance Cove carpark (off the A3083 Helston to Lizard road) at 1.30pm for directions to the site. Bring a picnic to eat at the settlement site, where there will also be a guided tour of the site.


This will be followed by two Clear-ups there on Tuesday October 21st & Tuesday November 25th. On both days, meet at Kynance Cove carpark at 11am, and bring a packed lunch. All tools will be provided for the work, which is not arduous, and is fun and rewarding to do.

For any further information about Kynance Gate please contact Charlie Johns, archaeologist at Historic Environment at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For any general enquiries about LAN and our activities please go to our web site www.cornishancientsites.com/lan.html or e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Published: May 2014
Author: Cheryl Straffon

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