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Pathways to the Past 2014 – 8th year

A weekend of walks & talks amongst the ancient sites of West Penwith

Saturday May 24th
10.00-12.30pm                        Where the ancestors lived  
A guided walk with Cheryl Straffon & Lana Jarvis to visit sites around the Mulfra Hill area, including a Quoit, courtyard house settlements, and a reconstructed Bronze/Iron age dwelling house.    Meet at Trythall school TR20 8XR (parking in school) SW451 342

2.00-4.30pm                At the edge of the land
A guided walk with archaeologist David Giddings to visit Treryn Dinas cliff castle and discuss its function (defensive? ritualistic? burial?) and also see the logan stone.
Meet at Treen car park (pay & display) TR19 6LF.  SW395 229

8.00-10.00pm              The Neolithic Farming Revolution   
An illustrated talk by Paul Bonnington about the time when hunter-gatherers began to settle in the land and build their first megalithic monuments.     At the Count House at Botallack.

Sunday May 25th
11.00-12.30pm                        The Roger Farnworth tribute presentation
Fixing a prehistoric gaze on Roughtor            
An illustrated talk by Peter Herring on Neolithic and Bronze Age landscape perception and landscape design on and around Bodmin Moor.               At the Count House at Botallack.

2.00-4.30pm                Janey Tregear and the spriggans
A guided walk with archaeologist Adrian Rodda along the path at Bartinney Hill down to Chapel Euny wells and Carn Euny settlement and fogou, to hear the story of Janey Tregear and the spriggans.                     Meet at Chapel Carn Brea car park  SW389 283

8.00-9.00pm                Carwynnen Quoit restored    
To round off the weekend, archaeologist Richard Mikulski will talk about  and the excavations and re-erection of Carwynnen Quoit. A great opportunity to hear it about it all first-hand.     
At the North Inn, Pendeen

Each individual event £3 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:

2013 Event

Pathways to the Past
had its 7th year of walks and talks amongst the ancient sites of West Penwith on the weekend of May 25th-26th 2013. A weekend of beautiful sunny weather ensured record turnouts to the excellent programme of events. The weekend kicked off on the Saturday morning with Curiouser and Curiouser, where Cheryl Straffon & Lana Jarvis led 50 or so men, women, children and dogs from Gurnards Head to a number of enigmatic sites. They visited Treen entrance graves, a stone facing Carn Gulva that may have been a menhir (or not), Bosporthennis quoit (or entrance grave), and finally Treen Common circle (or enclosure). In the afternoon archaeologist David Giddings went on a Stank around the Gump, visiting Chûn Quoit and Castle, and then down to Bosullow Trehyllis courtyard house settlement, not normally open to the public. In the evening Paul Bonnington gave a much-anticipated illustrated talk on Art of the Ancestors, in which he examined palaelolithic cave art and its multiple meanings and significences, together with some amazing photos.

            The weekend continued on the Sunday morning with an illustrated talk by Bart O’Farrell on Lines in the Landscape, in which he talked about dowsing ancient sites and following energy lines across the land. After lunch, CAS editor Adrian Rodda attracted a record 60+ people to his guided walk Sanctuaries: a lan and a circle. Firstly he visited and talked about St.Buryan church, and then led the group along a beautiful pathway across fields, through a bluebell wood and up a green lane adorned with spring flowers to Boscawen-ûn circle. Finally in the evening, Craig Weatherhill came to the North Inn to talk about Place names in West Penwith. It was standing room only for a fascinating conversational session of information and discussion about the meaning and significance of Cornish place names. It rounded off what had been one of the most successful Pathways weekends, a lovely mix of ideas and discoveries in the heart of ancient West Penwith.

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