Fieldwalking for Clues to the Past in Tamar Valley


for fieldwalkingDiscover how people used to live in the Tamar Valley, with a free fieldwalking weekend. Join the hunt for archaeological evidence, including pottery sherds, flint flakes and building debris, near Metherell on 28th and 29th September.

This free event, organised by the Tamar Valley AONB, National Trust Cotehele, and Tamarside Archaeology aims to encourage people to look a little closer at what lies beneath their feet.

Samantha Barnes, Project Officer for Tamar Valley AONB, explains more about fieldwalking; “It’s a simple, non-intrusive archaeological process, used to find evidence of how people lived in the past, and is a good way to get your eye in to discover and identify archaeological finds”.

The inspirational venue of Trehill Farm, near Metherell, is thought to have once been a medieval settlement. Today, only the farmhouse and outbuildings remain. Sessions will be held on both days from 10am – 4pm. You are welcome to join us for all or part of a day, or come along for the whole weekend.

No experience is necessary, as training, archaeological supervision and finds identification will be provided. There will be opportunities to find out how to identify artefacts and wash some of the finds from the events, plus a chance to find out more about the area through an exhibition. Anna Tyacke from the Portable Antiquities Scheme will be on hand on the Sunday to identify finds from elsewhere in the Valley – so bring them along! We welcome responsible children, accompanied by obedient adults; your eyes are better than most and your curiosity and enthusiasm will keep everybody going!

Booking is essential if you’d like to take part in the fieldwalking, but otherwise just turn up! To book, or for further information please contact Sam Barnes, t: 01822 835032, e:

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