Three sites were partially surveyed in 2010, with the help of Groundwork volunteers trained by Al Oswald of English Heritage.
One site, Naden Head has already been mentioned in earlier posts, the two other sites, were discovered.in 2010. A fourth site discovered in 2007 was the subject of an inconclusive geophysical survey in 2010, a possible barrow lies to the west of this, naturally defensive site.
The Hill Fort
Hill forts are extremely rare in Lancashire and this appears to be in a better state of preservation than the scheduled hill fort north of Bury, known as Castlesteads. Castlesteads had a single ditch, Portfield Camp near Whalley, Lancashire is perhaps closer in construction and has similar dimensions to the site near Rochdale.
I found the Medieval reference to the hill fort in November 2012, the site was discovered in 2010 using aerial photography and field work.
How could anyone miss this? this area has never been archaeologically surveyed!
I have blanked out the background to hide the exact location, it has been reported to English Heritage, but not visited by them yet.
To be continued….