Open Day at Exmoor Archaeology Site


Hawkcombe Head Open Day

Delve into the past with experts from Exmoor National Park and the University of Bristol this Monday 7 May – when a rare open day event gives you access to a unique archaeological dig at Hawkcombe Head, near Porlock, at Exmoor National Park.

“Join us at Hawkcombe Head Open Day where you can see some of the latest finds, and hear about the mysteries at this, the oldest known settlement on Exmoor,” said Faye Balmond, coordinating the day for the Heart of Exmoor scheme with the help of Heritage Lottery Funding.

The seaside village of Porlock is one of Exmoor’s best known destinations, but most people do not know about the Stone Age secrets lying hidden on the hills above. Prehistoric activities and settlement have left very subtle evidence behind – post holes, fire hearths, clay floors and flint tools made from local beach pebbles. Clues have gradually been revealed during a project by Dr Paula Gardiner from the University of Bristol, and Rob Wilson-North of Exmoor National Park Authority.

The finds date back as long as 8,000 years ago, a period archaeologists call the Mesolithic (middle Stone Age) when stone-based technology was the key to success, on a landscape that was heavily wooded compared to Exmoor today. People were developing intricate designs with flint to provide a wide range of useful things, from arrowheads to knives.

Where did these people live? What did their homes look like? What did they eat? Come and quiz archaeologists to uncover the answers!

Hawkcombe Head Open Day takes place Monday 7 May, 11am to 4pm. Located at Hawkcombe Head, Porlock Common, just off the A39 Porlock Hill.

Find Out More

Photos, a location map and more details are available on the Heart of Exmoor website – or call Faye Balmond on 01398 322164.

Online map

We have used Google Maps to show you where to find the Hawkcombe Head Open Day and where you can park nearby. Please visit our event’s web page to see the map.


Heart of Exmoor

Exmoor Moorland Landscape Partnership launched a Heritage Lottery Funded scheme in 2011 that promotes moorland as the Heart of Exmoor.

Moorland - the Heart of ExmoorThe Heart of Exmoor scheme helps people to enjoy and appreciate Exmoor’s moorland and supports those who take care of it. The scheme’s fifteen projects invest half a million pounds to benefit the landscape and community. To find out more, please visit or call 01398 322164.


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Helping people to enjoy and appreciate Exmoor National Park's moorland, and supporting those who take care of it.
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