New Archaeology Group Gets Off The Ground

Isles of Scilly Museum

Isles of Scilly Museum

There’s enough interest in the islands’ ancient past for regular meetings of the new Scilly Community Archaeology Group. 

That’s the view of Cornwall Council’s Senior Archaeologist Charlie Johns who helped arrange their first meeting at the Museum on Saturday.

Fifteen people went along but Charlie says around the same number expressed an interest in getting involved, but were unable to attend at the weekend.

Charlie says he hopes the group will expand from a low-key start.

Some of its first members are highly experienced and include a former English Heritage Officer and AONB Manager Trevor Kirk, who trained in the field.

The new group has an older age profile, like many island-based groups.

Charlie says everyone was aged between their 40s and 80s and it would be good to get some younger people involved.

He’s hoping that an archaeologist who is currently on a two-year Cornish placement from the Council for British Archaeology will be able to devote some time to developing the new Scilly club.

The group’s first task will be clearing away overgrowth around the Normandy entrance graves next month. Later, in June, they are planning a guided tour of Tean and a picnic.

Charlie says he’ll set up a Facebook page this weekend to promote the new group further.