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Treasure islands - Tanya Gold

Travel | By Tanya Gold

Teän: now uninhabited, it has entrance graves dating from the Bronze Age

Tanya Gold escapes the tourists and heads underground – to find the Bronze Age graves of Scilly Isles natives

The boat is called the Surprise. It is long, low and open to the sky: a bourgeois, Viking- style longship, filled with people wearing very clean walking clothes and very clean masks. We are outdoors and on the Atlantic Ocean but you can’t be too careful. The Surprise stops a few feet from Teän, a tiny island between Tresco and St Martin’s. We were to jump into the water here and walk to the beach. But, on embarkation, the captain sees the average age of the passengers – is it 60? – and wonders aloud if we will break our ankles. ...


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