A small selection of the tools etc. found recently in Burnley, Pendle and Gisburn
by members of the PDCAS
BURNLEY, PENDLE AND WEST CRAVEN
Local Artefacts and Tools Discovered 2014-2015
John A Clayton
ARTEFACTS PAGE 7
‘Head’ form with quartz inset eyes found at the point where Blacko Water meets with
Pendle Water (Barrowford Watermeetings). Millstone grit - October 2015.
Very possibly a ritual deposition within the river (Late Bronze Age-Iron Age).
This artefact compares with the almost identical form of ‘head’ found within the
enclosed settlement of an Iron Age hillfort in West Craven - this example is sandstone
- no eyes but hole in top.
Worked stone in riverbed on same findspot where the ‘Thames Pick’ implement (see
artefacts 6) was discovered (Barrowford Watermeetings).
Probably washed from the riverbank area where a large number of standing stones mark
Neolithic/Bronze Age settlement areas.
Boulders unearthed during agricultural excavation works at Newsholme. Lithic material
(tools) from the excavation strongly suggests that these stones formed part of a
Neolithic/Early Bronze Age settlement.
The stones were located on the prehistoric natural surface and placed in their current
position as a temporary boundary and are not, therefore, in situ.
Bronze Age burial mound at Little Painley - a protected English Heritage site.
Early plans of the ditched mound suggest that the mound was actually a causewayed
enclosure - probably Neolithic - adapted to burial within the Early Bronze Age
A recent survey of the Little Painley mound. The dashed red lines indicate a former
Very large worked stones recently excavated from a ditch at Ridge Farm, Barrowford.
The stones have been worked into a semi-circle. The material is not local gritstone
It is possible that the stones formed a type of circular base on the ground or a
plynth/dolmen if supported on uprights.
The stones are located within the area of a Bronze-Iron Age defended settlement now
It has been suggested that they could have formed a table feature (sketch right)
similar to King Arthur’s ‘Round Table.’
Fair enough - we have the Uther name (Utherstone) relating directly to a stone feature
but we are, perhaps, entering into the realms of pure conjecture here!