The big dig at Embury Beacon Hillfort, Hartland


Aerial photograph of the hillfort and how large it could have been before coastal erosion took effect over the last 2000 years. Photo: Frances Griffith 1986 © Devon County Council.

Come and join us for an exciting Archaeological dig taking place at Embury Beacon, near Welcombe Mouth near the Devon and Cornwall border unti the 11th May.

Embury Beacon is the remains of an Iron Age Hillfort (c. 200BC) built on a heavily eroding cliff-top, which on a clear day affords panoramic views in all directions both inland and across the Bristol Channel to Wales, Lundy, and southwards towards Tintagel Island. Much of the hillfort (probably two-thirds) has been lost to coastal erosion and the present archaeological investigation is possibly the last opportunity to investigate the remainder of the site before it is lost to the sea.

There are 2 open days you can come to where you can meet the team involved, find out what they have discovered so far, and their plans for the remainder of the dig.

  • Saturday 28 April 11am 3pm
  • Saturday 5 May 11am 3pm

Follow signs to Welcombe on the A39, and then follow signs down to Welcombe Mouth beach car park. Please be advised that parking is very limited at the car park – and as a result parking may be difficult at busy times. The dig is located a short 2kms (10 -15 minute) walk from the car park, by crossing the river stepping stones, and heading North on the South West Coast Path.  Note: if there is torrential rain, the river will be impassable!

If you are not able to join us on one of the official open days, you are welcome to visit the site outside of those times, but please appreciate that the teams are hard at work to get as much done as possible before the end of the dig.

One response to “The big dig at Embury Beacon Hillfort, Hartland

  1. Jackie Embury

    Why is it called Embury Beacon?

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