Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Archaeology celebration offers Exmoor walking opportunities

Walking, cycling and map reading may be some of the most obvious activities to enjoy at Exmoor National Park, but archaeology has emerged as a more surprising choice for many.

Some 450 people attended an event held recently to coincide with the Festival of British Archaeology to recognise the history of the area.

The celebration kicked off with a forum followed by a number of guided tours on local walking trails.

Each of the routes devised by park bosses allowed visitors to learn a little more about Exmoor.

Others stayed behind and learnt how to make a mosaic at the National Park centre in Dunster, while a pair of open days at Timberscombe hill fort were well attended.

These days led on from a two-week archaeology excavation of an Iron Age settlement at the fort, which was carried out by staff and volunteers.

Exmoor is one of England's oldest National Parks, having been awarded the status in 1954.

Source from great site: http://magazine.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/magazine/tscontent/editorial/walkingandcycling/2010/archaeologycelebrationoffersexmoorwalkingopportunities082.html

Read more about Exmoor National Park http://www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/

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