Pathways to the Past 2015 – 9th year
A weekend of walks & talks amongst the ancient sites of West Penwith
Saturday May 30th
10.00-12.30pm Catching the light of the sun and moon
A guided circular walk with Cheryl Straffon & Lana Jarvis to visit prehistoric sites that were aligned to the sun and moon, including the Mên-an-Tol, the Nine Maidens barrow & stone circle and Bosiliack barrow.
Meet at Mên-an-Tol layby beside Madron to Morvah road [SW418 344]
2.00-4.30pm Living at the Edge
A guided walk with archaeologist David Giddings to visit the lesser-known Nanjulian courtyard house settlement, perched at the edge of the land between St.Just and Sennen.
Meet at Nanjulian off the B3306 St.Just to Sennen road [SW360 294] TR19 7NU
8.00-10.00pm Hot Metal: the discoveries that changed the world
An illustrated talk by Paul Bonnington about the invention of metal making and the effect this had on the Bronze, Copper and Iron Age societies.
At the Count House at Botallack. TR19 7QQ
Sunday May 31st
11.00-12.30pm Sites on the Scillies
An illustrated talk by archaeologist Charlie Johns, exploring some of the unique and beautiful ancient sites on the Isles of Scilly and the prehistoric people who built them.
At the Count House at Botallack
2.00-4.30pm Stories in the Stones – the Merry Maidens and more
A guided walk with archaeologist Adrian Rodda to sites in the Lamorna area, including the Merry Maidens stone circle, associated standing stones and Tregiffian entrance grave.
Meet at Boleigh farm on the B3315 Penzance to Lamorna road. [SW436 349] TR19 6BN
8.00-9.00pm Community Archaeology
To round off the weekend, Richard Mikulski will chat about community archaeology projects. At the North Inn, Pendeen.
Each individual event £5 but free to members of FOCAS (Friends of Cornwall’s Ancient Sites). You can join FOCAS at the beginning of the individual event, or by telephoning 07927 671612, or by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pathways to the Past 2014
Last year’s Pathways to the Past weekend at the end of May 2014 (the 8th annual one) was a great success, despite the inclement weather. The weekend kicked off on the Saturday morning with a walk entitled ‘Where the ancestors lived’ with Cheryl Straffon & Lana Jarvis. The walk went to Mulfra Courtyard House settlement, resplendent with bluebells, and then over Mulfra Hill to the Quoit, and back down the other side of the hill to Bodrifty settlement. In the afternoon David Giddings was at “The end of the land” leading a walk to Treryn Dinas cliff castle to look at the earthworks of this dramatic site, and some intrepid souls climbed up to the logan stone as well. In the evening the ever-popular Paul Bonnington gave an illustrated talk on ‘The Neolithic farming revolution’ which was full of ideas and information from various sites of this time in pre-history when people began to settle in the land for the first time.
One of the special features of this weekend is how all the walks and talks seem to bounce ideas off each other, and the theme that kept coming up this year seemed to be about alignments to tors and hills in the landscape, where the giants or spirits were thought to live. The Sunday morning talk by Peter Herring on ‘Fixing a prehistoric gaze on Roughtor’ fitted that bill perfectly. Peter talked about the work of the late Roger Farnworth on Bodmin Moor, who was a great ‘Pathways’ supporter and an original thinker, and accompanied his talk with some beautiful images of sites on the Moor. Finally in the afternoon Adrian Rodda did one of his acclaimed ‘story walks’ on Janey Tregear and the Spriggans, leading a walk to Chapel Euny wells (where he read his poem about Janey and her changeling child), Carn Euny settlement ( where everyone discussed the meaning of the fogou) and Brane hill. Despite the rain, the walk was well supported, as were indeed all the walks and talks, with an average attendance of 40-50 people for each event.