Woodland Archaeology Festival and Excavation

Between the 10th & 18th June we will be hosting an Archaeology Festival and Excavation at the National Trust Property of Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge.

The event will display some of the historical uses of woodland, from the production of charcoal, iron smelting, pottery production and woodland crafts; we will have multiple stands you can explore and get involved in.

The event is free and for the individual and families alike.

The weekend events will include:

10th-11th June

  • A traditional charcoal burn
  • Prehistoric pot making and firing
  • Construction of a bloomery for iron smelting
  • Charcoal Platform Excavation

17th-18th June

  • Prehistoric pot making and firing
  • Iron smelting using the bloomery
  • Charcoal Platform Excavation

In addition to the experimental archaeological activities, there will also be a community archaeological excavation of one of the many charcoal burning platforms found across Hardcastle Crags as part of the surveys undertaken earlier this year.  The excavation is open to the public, BUT PRIOR BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL, the 10th is already booked up!  As part of the excavation, experience in excavation techniques, soil sampling, surveying, recording and planning are all on offer.  The excavation will last from Saturday 10th and end Sunday 18th June.  If you want to get involved, drop me a line at: Chris.Atkinson@pennineprospects.co.uk

Opening Hours 10am – 3pm each day

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