Wildlife Trust Clearance Uncovers Prehistoric Site

david mawer bronze age wallA prehistoric settlement that has been obscured for half a century is on display again after Wildlife Trust staff cleared away foliage.

The hut circle, though to be a Bronze Age structure, is next to Little Porth beach, near Bar on St Mary’s.

The historic site is now clearly visible from the beach.

David Mawer from the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trusts says its cliff-face position is being eroded and indicates sea level change, because adjacent land would have extended into an area that is now intertidal.

David says he was aware from the maps that the monument was there before he started clearing the undergrowth with a tractor.

And initially, there wasn’t much to be seen, until volunteers went in with grass cutters to clear the site more carefully and to avoid causing damage.

David says that the Wildlife Trust’s land management is uncovering some other ancient site for locals and visitors to appreciate

He says they are clearing several historic sites around the islands that haven’t been seen in generations, including a Civil War defence battery.



2 Responses to Wildlife Trust Clearance Uncovers Prehistoric Site

  1. Colin Bean December 18, 2013 at 10:07 am

    So nothing must ever be uncovered then Al? I think it’s wonderful that the Trust has, through it’s clearance, uncovered a little gem that we can all now visit and enjoy. As long as people are respectful and treat such sites with the care they deserve, they are a great source of education and inspiration-well done the Trust!

  2. Al December 17, 2013 at 11:19 am

    And the reason they’ve survived all this time is because they have been hidden!!!It is well known that Scilly has many ancient sites due to the lack of disturbance from Tourism and intensive agriculture.