Belas Knap and the controversial 'round' headed Neolithic skull..
There was a bit of a hoo-ha about the discovery of a round skull in amongst the 'long' skulls traditionally associated with long barrows.
Initial thoughts were that it must be a secondary burial, but radiocarbon dating on all of the skulls gave 4000-3700bc, with Mr round head in the middle of the range.
Indeed, once past the shingle beach, there's a real wonderland of cliff and islet scenery. And there are several places where you can easily descend to the shore too. You can vary your return via the west of the peninsula, but it is much less exciting - mainly grassy slopes. It's the ideal excursion for a morning or afternoon.
Mayfield Farm was were my father was born, my family were the tenant farmers here before the nearby airport was built. Not too far away, about two miles to the East, stood Fern Hill, a now lost encampment, close to Hatton Cross tube station.
Like Sanctuary I had to re-read since I thought at first it was the religious reference you objected to - no apologies there whatsoever since I despise organised religion as a cancer that must be eliminated if humankind is ever to progress - but then recalled you had an equally, er, personal issue with my Beinn an Cailleach notes from Skye last year. Who could ever think that rounded profile may have equated - in Bronze Age eyes - to the life-giving affirmity of the breast of a Mother Goddess. Er, who indeed? That perhaps that was why people struggled to erect an immense cairn upon that great rock that took ALL I HAD just to climb.... without lugging a bloody great big boulder up it. Over and over and over and over etc again. I really don't think people understand how significant these upland cairns are? Out of sight, out of mind. The symbolism speaks so much for me I am in absolute awe of the sheer effort. Try for yourself if possible. Or leave it to others who might not be so fit as you assume, but possess the burning desire.
To think it 'creepy' to refer to the female form in such an innocent, idolised way - and I take great offence at the insinuation of sexism - does not accord with the opinion of several professional female - they would certainly refer to themselves as feminist - friends I've canvassed since I was concerned... one of whom is a neurologist, one a senior financial manager, another an artist... a fair spectrum... so clearly you speak but for 'a certain section' of women, if not just yourself. There are other opinions out there to which you seem out of synch. Those of vibrant, successful, sexual women not fazed by the word 'breast' in the context of a man about to spend a couple of hours in complete darkness where an ancient family was laid to rest by a natural spring where numerous lovers have carved their names in the living rock. Jeez, TMA is not the Daily Mail.
Since your negative retort - the cave was actually wonderful, by the way - came on the eve of a trip to North Wales - and I'd had a bottle of wine when I read it - I decided to 'hope it might go away' rather than reply and say something I might regret. No such luck. The intention at the time was to imply a correlation between (what I perceived as) physical human female perfection and the extraordinary feminine landscape perfection of Carreg Cennen. The former perhaps manifesting as part of the latter in some halucinatory manner, if you like? The final part of the triumvirate was also present, but I decided to refrain from negative comments since that might prove offensive. Guess that didn't work, then. Although the neurologist 'got it'.
To be honest I was surprised you even actually read my notes since your feedback has been.. er... less than minimal over the years. Perhaps that is the best way as you obviously don't respect what I do. . however I feel you add much to TMA and have learned a lot from your research. Best keep apart, eh?
On the principle of opposing censorship - in Orwellian tradition - I will not edit this fieldnote (unless of course the Eds feel it violates the TMA guidelines to which I am bound) since, as far as I am competent to judge:
1) the subject of the remark is unidentifiable as an individual.
2) yours is but one of many possible female views. Yes. There are others. And they head up companies.
3) I have found in a brief canvass of number of professional women that they can discern no issue whatsoever and find the whole thing ridiculously overblown.
Soussons Common was shown on the OS map as being just by the road en route to Grimspound so it was a case of jumping out of the vehicle and taking a look. It was just one day really which turned into just one afternoon as it took so long to get there from where we were staying. I definitely want to go back and stay nearer to Dartmoor (Ashburton or Widecombe perhaps) to focus just on Dartmoor and its ancient sites - rather than the coastal paths.
PS: It was just a short break with a walking friend in Devon who needed a companion to walk with - the other two days were spent walking by the coast.