Pendle Hill - Community Archaeology Scheme



The Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership


Community Archaeology

Pendle Hill is probably most famous for the witch trials that took place in the early 17th century, but there is a lot more history to the area, much of which has yet to be explored!

The Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership (PHLP) is a four-year programme running from 2018 to 2022. It is based around the heritage and landscape of Pendle Hill in the Forest of Bowland and is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. NAA are coordinating the community archaeology component of the scheme, and our Community and Outreach Officer, Rebecca Cadbury-Simmons, has been working closely with the PHLP  to engage local people in the fascinating history and archaeology of the area.

Volunteers have been drawn from several history and archaeology groups. However, targeting new audiences is equally important, and a range of events have been planned to promote this, including an annual archaeology forum, bespoke school and family events, and a series of training workshops.

During the 2018 season, Rebecca arranged and ran two open days for local people to visit the Institute for Field Research (IFR) excavations at Malkin Tower Farm. She also worked closely with the PHLP summer intern, looking at new ways to promote community archaeology.

As part of the four-year programme, five archaeological skills workshops will be  run each year. So far these have included:

  • Finds identification
  • Geophysical survey
  • Archives and desk-based research
  • Understanding LiDAR
  • How to set up and run your own community archaeology project
  • Using QGIS
  • Level 1 archaeological surveys
  • Palaeobotany

Each workshop is run by a subject specialist from NAA’s staff. The overarching aim of the workshops is to provide volunteers with a better understanding of archaeological methods so that they can conduct their own investigations in and around the Pendle Hill project area.

If you would like further information on the project, or information on how to get involved please visit the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership website.

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