With so little published archaeological survey and research work undertaken in SE Lancashire, the area offers many opportunities for researchers.
A detailed survey of SE Lancashire (Salford Hundred) has yet to be undertaken as regards archaeology.
Some ideas for research
- Urban archaeology – Rochdale, well documented yet little excavation has taken place into medieval Rochdale.
- Survey of the Pennine foothills and the Moors, many cairns are still unrecorded.
- Inventory of unpublished excavations.
- Geophysical survey strategies and benchmarking (which techniques are best suited to local soils?)
- Surveying rural sites mentioned in medieval documents.
- Survey of moorland enclosures and assarts.
- Boundaries in the landscape, from ditches and banks to early stone walls.
- Pollen analysis, to reveal human impact on the landscape and vegetation over time.
- Early iron working
- Early coal mining.
- Excavations to confirm the nature of particular sites.
- Moated rectories of Salford Hundred, myth or reality?
- Priorities for archaeological research.
- Comprehensive update of archaeological sites on planning GIS (Graphical Information System).