The Great Orme’s name might be one of a series of Norse coastal place-names around Wales, and it has a rich and complex prehistory and early history. The National Trust since 2015 have management over much of the headland for all to enjoy. See my recent post about ash-scattering on the Great Orme.
On my recent visit, I was struck by the Great Orme Heritage Centre’s touchscreen display allowing you to explore the human-made features of the landscape of ‘historic interest’ by deploying a horned helmet as an icon! So, for example, the Neolithic chambered tomb Llety’r Filiast, the Bronze Age copper mines, St Tudno’s church, through to medieval ridge and furrow and 20th-century Second World War coastal defences are all ‘points in history’ denoted by a horned helmet!
Now, as you will know good readers, I’m a true believer in horned helmets and I have been since childhood. Yet while I’m grateful of a different icon to a Stonehenge trilithon or a circle-headed cross marking heritage sites, I’m more than a little sceptical regarding the validity of this particular choice of icon. Whatever archaeologically illiterate company set this up, and whichever heritage specialists thought this was appropriate, I cannot help think in a paranoid way that this is some kind of in-joke at my expense.