12 July 2008: Peat Moors Centre, Tintagel and Port Isaac
From gothic cathedrals to the Iron Age – I love this country!
We left the run-down Wessex Hotel and drove via the Peat Moors Centre to Camelot Castle Hotel, Tintagel.
The Peat Moors Centre is now closed due to lack of funding – a great shame, although there are other such sites in the UK.
The centre has reconstructions of three Iron Age round-houses, one of which had fallen down and archaeologists were watching it to see how it deteriorated. The walls were reeds and sticks smeared thickly with mud, and a solid thatched roof. The archaeological finds from this place, including a large canoe, were in the museum I visited in Glastonbury. The caretaker was going to give a tour to a group of school kids in 30 minutes, but we had other places to be and had to miss out, so a quick whizz round had to satisfy us. Various plants, including the woad bush, were growing there, too. The ancient Picts were thought to use the blue dye from woad to decorate their bodies, but this is controversial.