Even on the moors, at 440 metres above sea level, many archaeological sites can be seen, several previously unrecorded.
I will list my recent discoveries in this blog. Most sites have been subsequently confirmed by other archaeologists and a geologist. Certainly much work needs to be done and detailed survey is urgently needed.
What’s new – June 2010
Detailed photographic survey of a site on Rooley Moor completed and magnetometer survey of another site (TBA) undertaken. Watch this blog for more details!
Video added! July
Great grass covered burial mound, near Rooley Moor, also missed amazingly.
The site below was missed in an earlier archaeological survey (oops!) and is man made and not a quarry or a mine, according to a British Geological Survey Geologist who kindly visited the site. Why not a quarry? not local stone! If the stones were quarried on the spot they would be “Haslingden Flags”. The number and orientation of the stones cannot be explained by glaciation. The difference in vegetation, visible in the photograph, may be why this area was chosen by whoever built this damaged, enigmatic site.
Archaeological site on Rooley Moor
Clear signs of working, note the two notches at the base of the stone.
This stone is clearly not from the immediate vicinity and so cannot be the result of quarrying at this location.
Here is another to the SW.
Bagden Hillocks Cairn
Still visible after thousands of years, the Bronze Age cairn (burial mound) at Bagden Hillocks. The area of the cairn is marked by the greener vegetation, the pile of stones in the centre is more recent.
Thanks to Bury Archaeology Group and Whitworth Historical Society regarding this cairn.
Another damaged mound nearby
Close to Bagden Hillocks cairn another damaged mound can be seen.