Archaeology Group

This group is headed by Shelia Harper, the society's Warden of Ancient Monuments and Archaeology Recorder.

Saxon Settlement - Mawgan Porth click4album

A Late Saxon Settlement at Mawgan Porth was the target for the group in July 2014

The Settlement, dated to AD 850-1050, was excavated in 1949-52, 1954 and 1974. It consists of three groups of 'courtyard houses' and a burial ground. Each house had a long room divided to accommodate livestock at one end and it opened into a courtyard bordered by smaller buildings. Among artefacts uncovered at the time were fragments of the distinctive bar-lug pottery.

Following negotiations with the landowner and English Heritage NOCS Archaeology were given permissions to start clearing the overgrown site. It has been some years since the undergrowth was last cleared away and thus the first stage was to cut an access route through to the buildings!


Mawgan Porth

Mawgan Porth

Mawgan Porth

Mawgan Porth

Mawgan Porth

Day 3 clearance team
July 2014

Mawgan Porth

Sat 2nd August 2014 - Multiple rooms emerge from the undergrowth

Mawgan Porth

2nd September 2014

Mawgan Porth

20th October 2014

Tin-panning at Porth

The A-Team goes panning for tin on Porth beach on a bright and sunny November afternoon.

The world importance of Cornish tin was established as early as the thirteenth century. At that time nearly all of it was produced by tin streaming

Penrose Cross Day

Penrose Cross Day

Shelia and Steve, Steve claims to have isolated some tin! - Denise and Anmarie

22 November 2013

Penrose Cross

Visit to Doublestiles Cross, Cross Base at Church Street, St. Columb Minor, Penrose Cross Base.

Penrose Cross Day

Penrose Cross Day

Penrose Cross Day

26 April 2013

Porth Beach

NOCAG Looking for Vivians Dock

NOCAG Looking for Vivian's Dock

Remnant of Vivian's Dock

Remnant of Vivian's Dock

Remnant of Vivian's Dock

Remnant of Vivian's Dock

Remains of Vivian's Dock uncovered at low water Boxing Day 2002

March 29th 2013

Colan Cross and Lady Nance Well

Group Photo - Colan Church

Members meet in high spirits at St.Colan Parish Church

Colan Cross

Lady Nance Well

Colan Cross and Lady Nance Well

March 1st 2013

Trevornick Holywell

Over the years a constant flow of water across the ground has caused the area to become water logged.


Trevornick Holywell Clearance 2012

Assessing the situation


Trevornick Holywell Clearance 2012

Channels cut through the accumulated silt . . . . .


Trevornick Holywell Clearance 2012

. . . . . to drain away the excess water

August 31st 2012

Trevornick Holywell - 2


Trevornick Holywell Clearance 2012 - Lots more to do

Trevornick Holywell Clearance 2012 - Sheila gets stuck in the mud

Trevornick Holywell Clearance 2012 - Steve gets started

Trevornick Holywell Clearance 2012 - We are winning

September 28th 2012


St.Eval Longstone

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St.Eval Longstone Clearance 2011

St.Eval Longstone is one of several similar prehistoric monuments in the area and appear to mark a boundary; it would seem these standing stones were laid down to rest by the ancient peoples of the land once this function had been fulfilled. More recently 18th and 19th century Antiquarians - perhaps misguidedly - re-erected many of them. This particular monument was re-erected by our Society in 1932.

It appears on the 1840 Tithe Map as the 'Boundary Rock'- on the boundary between the parishes of St. Mawgan and St. Eval.

Over time the stone had become overgrown - time for the 'A' Team to step in.

St.Eval Longstone Clearance 2011
St.Eval Longstone Clearance 2011

Members of the Archaeology Group busy clearing out the undergrowth



St.Eval Longstone Clearance 2011

The smaller stone re-appears once more thanks to Janet . . .

St.Eval Longstone Clearance 2011

. . . Hilary tidies up

St.Eval Longstone Clearance 2011

Richard, Sheila, Rachal and Hilary - another successful job for the 'A' Team

July 29th 2011

Trevemper Bridge

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History of the Bridge

Trevemper Bridge Clearance March 25th 2011

The bridge is an ancient pack horse bridge at the head of the river Gannel. In the 18th century Welsh coal was unshipped at Trevemper and Penpol Creek on the Gannel for the Truro Smelting Works. The route of the pack horse track can be followed today.

The Gannel was of some importance, having an Iron Age cliff castle above it, and being a port for nearby Crantock in the 13th and 14th centuries.



1613 The bridge is named

1701 County Rate called for its repair

1712 Bishop of Exeter had his salmon weir or hatch at Trevemper worth £5 annually

1839 Two arches washed away by storm water. Later rebuilt with one arch.

1925 A big bridge is built parallel with the old pack horse bridge

1939 Cornwall County Council close old bridge

1939-197? Various attempts made by NOCS/FOCS to reopen bridge to pedestrians.

1977? Cornwall County Council announce they will repair the bridge and make a footpath across it.

2011 NOCS group tidy up the bridge as their first clearance work of historic monuments in the Newquay area.

Bridge Clearance

Trevemper Bridge Clearance March 25th 2011

Trevemper Bridge Clearance March 25th 2011

Members of the Archaeology Group busy clearing the ancient bridge

Trevemper Bridge Clearance March 25th 2011

Rachel, Sheila, Richard, Janet and Hilary

March 25th 2011

Flint Workshop

Flint Workshop
Archaeology Group Members At Flint Workshop

Archaeology Group Members At Flint Workshop

Members of the Archaeology Group learning how to recognise and date flints

February 2011