Craggs Archaeological Dig, Hidden Valley, Sabden

Somehow, we managed to avoid the worst of the showers that swirled round the rest of East Lancashire and managed a day’s excavation on Saturday 25th April. However, it was quite cold.

We excavated a trial pit sited adjacent the demolished remains of the Craggs farmstead. We finished at a depth of about 2 ft & a date c1800 AD. Finds have yet to be properly identified but include sherds of blackware, sherds of the base of a Georgian bottle, a small cog & shaft, probably from a clock, & an old button. There were 6 clearly defined contexts, most containing hearth material (burnt coal, ash, heat effected stone, & some fragments of charcol) & pot sherds. We also recorded the most interesting stone and timber remains from the demolished farm buildings.

It rained a few times!
It rained a few times!
View from the site
View from the site
Ovolo moulded stone, probably a window jamb.
Ovolo moulded stone, probably a window jamb.
Context 3
Context 3 – cobble surface

 

Context 4 - smooth shallow ash layer
Context 4 – smooth shallow ash layer
Context 5 - various small to medium stones
Context 5 – various small to medium stones

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