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Wooston Castle – What Next?

After a busy few weeks at the Wooston Castle hillfort, the archaeologists and volunteers who have been working through a particularly wet and windy Dartmoor spring have finished their excavations. As they left site at the end of their dig with the stories of their discoveries fresh in their minds, the atmosphere was buoyant; the…

Heavy Horses Fingle

May’s Fingle Lecture: Heavy Horses

May’s Fingle Lecture will take place next Thursday the 3rd of May. We will be joined by Will and Alex Hampton from Dartmoor Horse Loggers. We’ve frequently used Heavy Horses in Fingle to assist with our woodland management because of their flexibility and low impact. Will and Alex will demonstrate how maneuverableand versatile their horses…

Delightful day to visit a dig

Excavations at Wooston Castle are coming to an end this weekend, so tomorrow (Saturday the 21st) we are holding an open day so you can come along and see what the archaeologists have discovered. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to give guided tours of the hillfort and trenches and Dartmoor Horse Loggers, who…

Digging deeper – week 1 of the Wooston excavation

We’re approaching the end of our first week of the Wooston Castle excavation so it seemed like a good time to visit the dig and get an update on progress. Despite the fact that the hillfort was shrouded in clouds and being hammered by rain early this morning the view that unfolded before me was…

The history of Wooston Castle

As our 14 day excavation of Wooston Hillfort is now underway we thought it would be a good opportunity to provide some background on the history of hillforts, summarise what we already know about Wooston Castle and highlight the significance of our dig. Like many prehistoric monuments, Wooston Castle hillfort is a bit of an enigma….

Fingle Mill vegetation removal: a clear cut success!

A second update from Steve, our archaeology intern, about the clearance of Fingle Mill. Day three to five saw the final layers of overgrowth stripped away from the mill thanks to our teams of super-efficient volunteers. Uneven footing and loose rocks meant extra care had to be taken, there was a lot to think about…

Tomorrow’s Fingle Lecture Postponed

Due to the amber weather warning for snow and ice on Thursday, we have decided to delay this week’s Fingle Lecture until next Thursday, the 8th of March, at the same time and place. We really hope you can still attend.   Please pass this message on to anyone who you think might have been…

Fingle Mill Revealed

Before we can start excavations at the Fingle Mill the remains have to be stabilised. The first step in this process is removing the vegetation so the condition can be accessed. On Monday this clearance started, Steve (our archaeology intern) sent us this update from site yesterday evening. Hello all, it is day two of…

Fingle Woods

Fingle Lecture Series 2018: February and March

Join us for another season of walks and talks. Throughout 2018 we’re offering another series of lectures about Fingle’s fascinating wildlife, history and restoration. Below is a little taster of the first two talks, so you can pop the dates in your diary. The first talk of the year is on Thursday the 1st of February at the…

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