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    OSWALDTWISTLE MOOR FIELD TRIP (Linda Sever & John Dixon) 12th August 2012

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    OSWALDTWISTLE MOOR FIELD TRIP (Linda Sever & John Dixon) 12th August 2012

    Post  lowergate on Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:43 am

    Sunday 12th August. Meet at Oswaldtwistle Mills at 10.30.am to view the museum of local history there established by local historian & field archaeologist Alan Ormrod. The pre-historic time line of the area is superb, also Langdale felling axes found on the Moor.

    Then we drive up to the Moor parking the cars at Jameston Quarry Visitor Centre (toilets) on the Grane Road SD 752 232. then walk on the moor to visit Dry Hill Barrow. Then on to view Thirteen Stone Circle following the ancient (c.1100) Forest of Rossendale boundary dyke, finding as we go stumps of birch and oak trees from Bronze Age times – we can all take home a branch of this ancient woodland exposed due to the peat erosion. Examine the position of the stones and take in the landscape. Return via the ‘Rossendale Way’ footpath to the Visitor Centre. All day lunch available at the Grain Pub for around £5.

    A deteriorating climate in the second millennium BC, with increasing rainfall and lower temperatures, led to waterlogging on the plateaux of the Pennines, and to a weakening and thinning of the woodland cover. The supposition is that as the woodlands died, peat began to form, leading in turn to increased waterlogging which exacerbated the vegetation change. But at the same time there was a major increase in human activity, as population grew and pastoral agriculture became more widespread. Cattle and sheep were grazed in the edges of the woodlands, and the grazing prevented any regrowth of woodland or scrub cover (a phenomenon well-attested in the area up to the present day). For the next four thousand years, therefore, a combination of increasingly intensive grazing and the waterlogging from the ever-thicker peat deposits prevented any return to the ‘natural’ vegetation of the uplands—though with the decline of grazing during the past hundred years, woodland cover has begun to re-emerge on a modest scale at many sites throughout the West Pennine Moors.

    The striking find, in the nineteenth century, of a Bronze Age or early Iron Age severed female head in Red Moss near Horwich (a variant on the more familiar ‘bog body’) implies that there is much yet to be discovered
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    Post  lowergate on Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:29 am


    10.30 - 11am Oswaldtwistle Mills, Sunday 12th August.
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    Re: OSWALDTWISTLE MOOR FIELD TRIP (Linda Sever & John Dixon) 12th August 2012

    Post  lowergate on Sat Aug 11, 2012 1:07 pm


    The BBC weather forcast for Oswaldtwistle looks good for tomorrow.
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    Re: OSWALDTWISTLE MOOR FIELD TRIP (Linda Sever & John Dixon) 12th August 2012

    Post  lowergate on Sun Aug 12, 2012 1:04 pm

    Superb day out. 36 Archo's, Pagans & Woodland Folk turned out - all good people.

    We found the +4000 year old forest of Birch and Oak creeping out from below the 4M blanket of peat(it takes 1000 years to build up 1M of peat) in the watershed of Deep Clough - each returned with a branch or bough.

    Crossing the moor to 13 stone Hill we located a ditched hut circle with an opening and causeway to the east at SD 757 242 (will put this up on 'new finds')

    With the aid of GPS and the 1972 survey map we located the position of the 13 stones, and where they had been removed their socket holes were located. We all positioned ourselves on the stone locations and video/photos taken.

    A near future trip was proposed led by John Lamb to visit the burial mounds on Musbury Heights and Bull Hill - lots of Langdale stone impliments have been found in these areas - will post Field Trip date & time up on this site ASAP.

    Thank you all for a great and rewarding Field Trip - john

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