Ingleborough Terraces Project

Project location/site: The western flanks of Ingleborough, between the Keld Bank and Lead Mine Moss
Type of activity: Mapping, Survey

The Group has been actively recording elements of the archaeology along the limestone terraces below the summit mass of Ingleborough, recording features that date from the late prehistoric to the 19th century. Completely new data is being logged and exciting hypotheses are being suggested to interpret what can be seen in the research area. One area consists of a large number of small prehistoric burial mounds or cairns, most of which are composed of limestone but with a discontinuous circle of sandstone boulders placed around the perimeter. The hypotheses here are that contrasts in colour of stone used in creating the mounds had significance to the communities that made them; and that their distribution between major potholes might suggest some link in their minds between the living on the surface and their ancestral spirits below ground.
Elsewhere on the terraces there are stone-built enclosures of varying shapes and sizes, of unknown date and function, and two double-celled structures with accompanying enclosures, again of unknown provenance. There are also visible signs of probably 17th or 18th century mine prospecting; and below the steep stone spreads on the summit massif, strong evidence of early modern stone working for millstones and freestone.