Treasures of the Earth on show at Combe Martin Museum

ANYONE who has ever been inspired by Indiana Jones or the exploits of Time Team to go hunting for historical treasures might discover a new archaeology exhibition at Combe Martin Museum is just for them. Treasures from the Earth tells the story of archaeo

ANYONE who has ever been inspired by Indiana Jones or the exploits of Time Team to go hunting for historical treasures might discover a new archaeology exhibition at Combe Martin Museum is just for them.

Treasures from the Earth tells the story of archaeology in the South West and features a trove of fascinating artefacts discovered in the region, from bronze or flint axes to medieval helmets and everyday items from ages past.

It also includes finds from a dig right on Combe Martin's doorstep at the village's Mine Tenement site, such as an iron dagger or knife hilt, 19th century navigational dividers and an 11th century handmade pot strap handle with markings.

The travelling exhibition has been put together by a consortium of museums - the Royal Cornwall Museum, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, and Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery - with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the government backed Renaissance in the Regions initiative.


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It runs at Combe Martin until August 31 and includes a number of interactive experiences visitors can join in with to discover just what it means to be an archaeologist.

Along with discoveries from further afield, the exhibition contains a numbers of historical treasures found in North Devon, including a Neolithic stone axe from Arlington, bronze and flint arrowheads from Spreacombe and items from Westward Ho! and Georgeham.

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"It's all about getting people involved in archaeology and giving them a taste of it," said Jackie Ward at the museum.

"The exhibits are often things which would not normally be out on display. And if digging in a muddy cold hole is not your cup of tea, maybe you would prefer field walking, researching or sticking a pot together!

"In archaeology there really is something to interest everyone."

The exhibition coincides with the British Festival of Archaeology running from Saturday, July 18 to August, 2 and a number of talks and events will be taking place in Combe Martin.

Open Days are being held at the Mine Tenement site in Comers Lane, run by Combe Martin Silver Mine Research and Preservation Society, on Thursday, July 30 and Sunday, August 2 from 10am-5pm.

Find out how mining was once the lifeblood of the village and see the extensive restoration work that has been carried out at the mine itself. Blacksmith's forge and powder house.

Activity days will take place at the museum every Wednesday and Thursday during the school holidays from 10.30am-12.30pm and 2 - 4pm.

Talks in the museum Sail Loft area include -

Tuesday, August 4: 7.30pm Lynmouth and Barnstaple Railway with David Took.

Monday, August 10: 7.30pm Local Archaeology, Rob Wilson and Maritime History, Peter Ferguson.

Tickets can be booked through the museum. More information about the exhibition from Combe Martin Museum on (01271) 889031 or the website www.devonmuseums.net/combemartin.

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