Chance to get hands-on at beauty spot excavation site

Excavations in Whitewell in the Hodder valley.
Excavations in Whitewell in the Hodder valley.
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For five summers, staff and students from UCLan have been leaving their desks behind and heading out to the Forest of Bowland in search of clues to the past - and now members of public are being invited along too.

Members of the archeological department are investigating evidence for prehistoric human activity in the limestone landscape above Whitewell in the Hodder valley.

Potential sites were originally identified with the help of the farmer and through site visits, aerial photographs and inspection of Lancashire’s environmental records.

The initial findings were followed up by walkover surveys and the annual, month-long summer excavations. After stripping away the surface turf, initial results suggest some of the sites may date from the Late Neolithic or Early Bronze Age.

Now the public can see how investigations are progressing and a guided tour of the excavations will take place on Saturday morning, as part of this year’s Festival Bowland programme.

Places cost £3 per person and need to be booked in advance. Book by contacting the Forest of Bowland AONB office on 01200 448000 or by emailing

To see the full Festival Bowland events programme for 2015, visit