A monument of note first - Mitchell's Fold Stone Circle.
As stone circles go, this one has unfortunately seen better days. The technical term archaeologists would use to describe it is unrepeatable - let's just call it 'knackered'. Fifteen stones are allegedly still standing, though I could only count thirteen when I visited it:-
But alas, the monument itself has suffered the ravages of time. It is scarred by later cultivation activties, and by this trackway, which will have caused untold damage to the fragile archaeology beneath the surface. Enough remains, though, for us to marvel at it:-
Note, too the stone axe mould to the right of the picture, within which were cast flat axes. I suspect this may be the famous axe mould from Gwithian, but at the time I was too bamboozled by another little treasure to take much notice. This is featured below:-
Not being a prehistoric pottery specialist, I couldn't tell you if this is classed as some kind of food vessel, or a vase-type urn, or what. What I can tell you is that it is totally weird - the label proudly proclaimed that it's the only double form of this type known in the UK, and I certainly can't remember seeing one in my life before!
All of these pottery types are commonly found accmpanying cremation burials.
I have to admit, though,that my favourite exhibit was this one:-
It's the Guilsfield Hoard - an old friend of mine from my postgraduate days. It's one of the so-called 'Wilburton' Hoards - named after a find from the WIlburton Fens in Cambridgeshire. The WIlburton Phase is the first flowering of Late Bronze Age metalworking in the UK - characterised by leaf-shaped swords (few and far between before this point), socketed axes (ditto) and pegged (as opposed to looped) spearheads. It is also the point where lead is consistently added to the copper/tin alloy in order to make the liquid bronze flow more freely and therefore create more complex (though more brittle) castings.
Some key Wilburton indicators are the massive scabbard chapes (the tapering object in the centre of right hand trio of objects) and the tube-like spear ferrules (to either side of the chape).
There are also some rather magnificent speaheads to be found - but not at Guilsfield, unfortunately, which has the rather plain pegged examples featured to the left of the ferrules and chapes. And - of course - the obligatory socketed axe,,,,