Until I start writing about Scotland and Wales. But, look…more prehistoric sites than any other county in the UK, St Michael’s Mount, Tintagel, the Eden Project, moors, beaches and great seas and sunsets.Â What more could you want?
Which is why the research trip for Jack of Ravens was about as far from work as you could get.Â The most important place I visited was Carn Euny, the remnants of an Iron Age settlement that features heavily in the book.Â It’s a nightmare to find, which has its pluses – it’s not swarming with tourists and you can wander around it peacefully.
And if you’re prepared to get hands-on, you can head underground into a mysterious fogou.Â These are underground passageways found mainly in south-west Iron Age sites.Â Archaeologists aren’t sure what they were for – some say, they’re grain stores, others that they have a ritual use.Â
Whatever the answer, there’s a very powerful atmosphere in the fogou.Â I spent a good while tucked into a narrow niche at the end of one branching tunnel.Â It was strangely spooky and uplifting at the same time.