Archaeologists at the University of Winchester have established an important new heritage education initiative within North Cornwall with the aim of opening a research centre in the region for both locals and visitors.
North Cornwall Heritage (NCH) is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes historical, archaeological and heritage related educational programmes, projects and active research on the archaeology of North Cornwall.
Dr Niall Finneran, Lecturer in Archaeology from the University of Winchester is currently leading an international project team in a detailed study of early medieval sites in 10 parishes between Tintagel on the coast and the northern end of Bodmin Moor. The Slaughterbridge site is close to Tintagel and has links to King Arthur.
“The discovery of a 13th century settlement in the region has put the site on the archaeological map,” explained Dr Finneran.“The NCH is designed to highlight the importance of all aspects of Cornish heritage within the northern area of the county and will feed into schools and provide a wealth of training opportunities.
“We are aiming to build a resource centre which will reach a wide variety of people, providing a study centre and museum, as well as food and accommodation for volunteers.
“Academically, we are investigating the wider archaeological context and Winchester archaeology students, past and present are actively involved in excavations.”
Last year the Department of Archaeology at the University of Winchester became one of the first university departments in the country to become a Registered Archaeological Organisation with the Institute of Archaeologists.