These quarry pits are quite mysterious and had a field officer from the British Geological Survey puzzled.

Quarry Pits on Rooley Moor
Quarry Pits on Rooley Moor

Why dig so many small pits? They are too close together for trial pits and not an efficient way to quarry stone. They may have been dug by individuals, so far I have found no records of them. They are not even shown on any Ordnance Survey Maps, even though you can fall in to some of them.

Who dug these pits and how could they have been missed?
Who dug these pits and how could they have been missed?

These pits were missed by an archaeological survey that claimed to have surveyed the area.

Here is a detail of “spoil” from a quarry pit, the stone is known as “Haslingden Flags”.

surface_working_spoil

See them from aerial photographs

They can even be seen from satellite pictures and cover a few acres,  see the aerial view here.


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