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    Young Archaeologists dig at the site of Malkin Tower

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    Sunbright57

    Join date : 2011-02-10
    Age : 60
    Location : Nelson - the one in Lancashire sorry to say!

    Young Archaeologists dig at the site of Malkin Tower

    Post  Sunbright57 on Sun Jul 03, 2011 11:55 am

    It was reported on BBC North-West news that young and up-coming archaeologists from Blacko Primary School have been excavating the site of the house/farm where Mother Demdike (Elizabeth Southerns), one of the Pendle witches, lived in the early 17th century. The children have dug excavation trenches to see if they can find the foundations, or any other pointers/artefacts, from the former building. Today Malkin Tower farm stands on the site of the building which was demolished soon after the famous witch trials and executions ended in 1612. Lets hope the school children come up with some interesting artefacts.
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    Sunbright57

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    Re: Young Archaeologists dig at the site of Malkin Tower

    Post  Sunbright57 on Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:02 pm

    Here is an up-date on The Young Archaeologists Digs at the site of Malkin Tower near Blacko.
    It has been reported in an article in the Nelson Leader, Friday, July 29th 2011, on The Barrowford and Pendleside page that:-

    Just recently school children from Blacko Primary School have been digging at the site of the lost home of Mother Demdike, one of the alleged Pendle witches. The children dug a trench that was 1m by 5ms hoping to find any artefacts from the early 17th century. They were assisted by members of The Barrowford Archaeological Group and with the permission of the present owners of Malkin Tower Farm.

    The children did find evidence of charcoal and iron. They were hoping to find pottery and coins from the 1600s. Despite not finding a great deal all the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and got stuck in, as they say. And, perhaps at some future date children from the school will return to the site to do more work - or The Barrowford Archaeological Group will open up and excavate more trenches as these recent excavations have been recorded.

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