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.

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