Archaeologists uncover Forest of Bowland’s prehistoric past

Students from the Archaeology course at UCLAN taking part in the Whitewell dig. (s)
Students from the Archaeology course at UCLAN taking part in the Whitewell dig. (s)
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Five years of excavation and research by the University of Central Lancashire are helping to give an insight into the Forest of Bowland’s prehistoric past.

Since 2010, staff and students from Uclan’s Archaeology degree course have been carrying out excavations above Whitewell in the Hodder Valley.

The aim of the project is to investigate evidence of human activity found in the limestone caves and rock-shelters typical of this part of Bowland.

Buckets of earth have been meticulously shifted layer by layer, from marked pits dug into a grassy plateau on the side of the valley.

Together with magnetometer surveys (which map small changes in the earth’s magnetic field) and other archaeological techniques, the digs have provided a wealth of data – a month’s work on-site producing enough research material for a year.

Course leader Rick Peterson will be giving a presentation at Dunsop Bridge village hall on the evening of Thursday, May 5th, where he will explain their findings to date and plans for the future.

All are welcome to attend although places need to be booked in advance by calling the Forest of Bowland AONB office on 01200 448000 or by emailing sandra.silk@lancashire.gov.uk.