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30 July 2005
Cairns to get protective covering

Bronze Age cairns on Exmoor (England) are to be wrapped in fabric to protect them from souvenir hunters. The ancient monuments on Dunkery Beacon in Somerset are thought to be more than 3,000 years old.
     The National Trust said they had been damaged over the years by walkers and sightseers taking stones as souvenirs. An earlier attempt to get the cairns covered was turned down, but an appeal this week to the Planning Inspectorate was successful.
     The trust's countryside manager Nigel Hester said: "We are delighted by this decision. We will be beginning work on the cairns over the forthcoming months to protect them in advance of the winter weather." The geo-textile fabric will be covered with stones and then seeded with heather and moorland grasses.

Source: BBC News (23 July 2005)

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