Prehistory Section Report 2015
David Shepherd

We have attended conferences and seminars in Bradford and Dublin. Our advisory involvement with the SOURCE Project continues regarding the safeguarding of archaeological remains on tree-planting sites.

Our excavations on Ridge Rough have concluded and consultations with West Yorkshire Archaeology Service regarding the finds are under way, as is the production of a final report. We hope this will be available as a free download from the HBLHS website - where the Prehistory Section seems to be temporarily invisible!

The surprising finds, passed to us, of a very early Bronze Age flat axe and a cushion stone (jeweller's anvil), both from Warley, have been assessed and are being written up for publication.
Flint artefacts continue to turn up on various reservoir shores, and are recorded with the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

Taken altogether we have published a substantial number of papers regarding prehistory in this area and we will provide a complete bibliography for the HBLHS website when the new version is up and running.

Five talks have been delivered to local societies and there are another half dozen bookings. The fees will go toward radiocarbon dating the charcoal recovered from hearths in the rock shelter at Ridge Rough.

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Family History

The group runs a popular programme of workshops and drop-in sessions at the Birchcliffe Centre

Churn Milk Joan

Upper Calderdale's suitability for the preservation of local cultural tradition is nowhere shown as strongly as in its wealth of folk tales about places, many of which are still being passed on by word of mouth.

Midgley Moor

For some years now a small group of friends has been exploring the evidence for prehistoric activity in the South Pennines.