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    Easington Bronze Age Circle No; 1. SD 719 504, Skelshaw, Bowland

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    lowergate

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    Easington Bronze Age Circle No; 1. SD 719 504, Skelshaw, Bowland

    Post  lowergate on Fri Jun 17, 2011 1:58 am



    Easington Bronze Age Circle No; 1. SD 719 504, Skelshaw, Bowland

    This oval earthwork, 320 ft. diameter, crowns a small hill on the general slope of the east bank of Easington Beck. It consists of a ditch and bank with a gateway through the bank and a causeway across the ditch on the west side. Inside the bank and ditch the ground rises gently into a rounded hill so that most of the inside of the earthwork is well above the level of the bank.

    During the spring of 1934 a preliminary excavation of the site was undertaken by the late Dr. Arthur Raistrick. Three sections were cut through the ditch and bank and the inner area was briefly explored.

    Although nothing was obtained to date the earthwork, the sections did show the ordered structure of the site and proved the presence of large floors that may well have been the site of huts.

    This site may be compared with the large ringwork at Fair Oak Farm, SD 648 458, as both have a similar size and the same features are displayed. Bleasdale Circle, SD 577 460, is a slightly smaller ringwork, but I consider all three monument (plus: Easington Fell Circle [no:2] SD 717 492 ) to have the same origins.

    These earthworks represent the first settlements of a people determined to tame, settle and cultivate the landscape. What we observe at Skelshaw is the possible farmstead of an extended family unit, part of a clan that worked the land here some 4000 years ago in what is referred to as the Bronze Technology Period.

    (Paul, can you put the diagram for this site up with this text – page 29 in the Slaidburn book I gave you yesterday – Thanks, john)
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    Post  QDanT on Fri Jun 17, 2011 2:37 am



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    lowergate

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    Re: Easington Bronze Age Circle No; 1. SD 719 504, Skelshaw, Bowland

    Post  lowergate on Fri Jun 17, 2011 4:57 am



    Easington Green Ringwork (no:1)

    BOLLAND FOREST & THE HODDER VALLEY, M. Greenwood & C. Bolton, Published Privately, 1955.

    On page 24 they refer to the above site thus:

    “The late Colonel Parker (Browsholme Hall) claimed to have found a good specimen of an ancient earthwork above Easington Green. Unfortunately, this has been ploughed over during the last war (WWII).”
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    Paulus

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    Re: Easington Bronze Age Circle No; 1. SD 719 504, Skelshaw, Bowland

    Post  Paulus on Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:58 am

    Hi John!

    lowergate wrote:Paul, can you put the diagram for this site up with this text – page 29 in the Slaidburn book I gave you yesterday

    Soz about the delay, but here it is at last - the ground-plan for the site:



    Looking at it on GoogleEarth, you can still make out the line of the earthwork, albeit faintly. I'll add a profile of the site to TNA very shortly. Smile
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    Paulus

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    Re: Easington Bronze Age Circle No; 1. SD 719 504, Skelshaw, Bowland

    Post  Paulus on Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:35 pm

    The site profile is here:

    http://megalithix.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/skelshaw-ring/

    Please let us know if there's any additional data required so we can add & update where necessary. Wink

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