In July 1977,  Arthur Welch, the captain of Stannon Clayworks, was examining aerial photographs of the area when he spotted the outline of a cairn.

A team led by Group Capt. Peter Trudgian of Cornwall Archaeological Society and Henrietta Miles from Exeter University agreed to excavate the site.

The exploration lasted a month and culminated in what was described at the time as ‘a most outstanding find’.

The Urn, made from local clay and in a remarkable state of preservation, was dated between 800BC – 2500BC and contained charred human remains. 

Arthur was so enthused by the proceedings that he used his holidays to take part in the dig and was instrumental in the urn’s safe removal from the overburden. 

Photo courtesy of A. Welch, Ref: SBHG 2344