Hollowed gritstone vessel or bowl from Sabden Fold. This artefact is commonly taken
to have been a font used in Christian ceremonies. This may be the case were the vessel
to have been used in covert Catholic meetings during the Early Modern period. However,
the size, shape and style of the object closely resembles examples of Roman mortaria
used for the grinding of olive oil, grain, herbs etc. This is furthered by the discovery
of probable Roman pot fragments within the immediate area of the object site.
A small selection of the tools etc. found recently in Burnley, Pendle and Gisburn
by members of the PDCAS
Sandstone tool found at Barrowford Watermeetings
The object fits the palm of the hand, between the index finger and thumb, and is
suggested to have been a palm-guard for the purpose of stitching animal skins.
Arrows indicate a hole possibly worn by continually pressing a large ‘needle’ into
heavy material (top image) and shallower indentations on the palm
Small pot found in a ditch at The Holme, Higherford (Barrowford). The material is
local gritstone clay of coil construction (not wheel thrown).
The pot has a green salt glaze typical of the Medieval period although such glazes
did occur at much earlier periods.
Quern stone found above Admergill (Backo) by the author.
This type of saddle quern was used for grinding corn, herbs and pigments by the use
of a hand-held rubbing-stone. In the Admergill example the base of the stone has
been purposely shaped so as to be set in the ground and secured so that the grain
could be ground in a circular motion until it was refined enough to be used as flour.
The saddle quern shape was created by the rubbing stone being used in a to-and-fro
motion thus creating a long, flat shape (as opposed to a bowl shape).
It thought that the saddle quern dates to a period before the middle of the Iron
Age as the rotary (or beehive) quern became the standard type of quern from this
Fossilised tree fern set within lining of stone cist on the Pendle Ridgeway.
Neolithic and Bronze Age burials were often accompanied by such ‘exotic’ examples
of natural stone
Examples of quern stones around the Barrowford Watermeetings area .
Small quern stone from Catlow - almost identical to example A (above centre)
Quern rubbing stone found in landslip on Walverden Brook
Shale ‘blade’ - a type of manufactured ritual object seemingly designed primarily
for grave deposition.
This example was found near to a small riverside cairn at Barrowford Watermeetings
and is identical to Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age grave deposits found in Central
Neolithic flint arrowhead, spearhead, knife and scraper
found on Shelfield Hill (Walton Spire) Nelson. (P. Whalley)
Neolithic stone axe heads from the slopes of Boulsworth Hill
Hand axe deposited within small stone cairn at Barrowford Watermeetings. Note the
hollow worn by the user’s thumb
The Catlow ‘Scratch Stone’ is a rare local example
of portable rock art.
Iron axe head discovered in field at Southfield (Nelson).
The style is Scandinavian suggesting the axe may date to the early Medieval period
Scandinavian - ‘Viking’ style axe head
Lithic material from Cock Leach Farm. (Castercliffe)
Left - burnt black flint (flint was often heated in fires to make it easier to work)
Centre - greensand stone with black flint inclusion
Right - greensand flint
Lthics from Catlow. Green, black and white flint wasters surrounding a greenstone
Black Pendleside chert bar end scraper found at Barrowford Watermeetings. This local
material has similar properties to flint and was widely used during the Mesolithic
and Neolithic periods.
Copper or bronze fragments discovered in a Middle Bronze Age farmstead enclosure
ditch at Southfield (Nelson).
The object was possibly a vessel used as a ritual deposit.
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Chalk with flint inclusions from Cock Leach Farm and Castercliffe.
This coarse non-native material is suited to tools for the working of skins, shaping
wood and bone etc. In other words they performed as rasps, files and sandpaper.
Bronze plumbob from the Roman period - identical to an example found in the ruins
The object was found by metal detector beside a track in the same field at Southfield
that a group of four Roman coins were found in 2012
Hollow tapered lead ‘tube’ found at Southfield - possible a Roman plumbob or stylus
Run-off 'Jets' from a metal smelting furnace or kiln.
The example on the left is copper, centre is bronze and right is tin. These were
found by J. Thorpe in a field near to Admergill Hall (Blacko) and represent a probable
bronze smelting site
Local Artefacts and Tools Discovered 2014-2015
Iron slag from the smelting process. Found on promontory of Ringstone Hill - a possible
iron smelting site.
Local sandstone object from the Catlow Bottoms hillfort site.
Appears to have been shaped for some purpose - the apparently incised lines are fine
inclusion bands of silica.
Neolithic thumb scraper (heavily retouched) from Pendle Ridgeway (Newchurch-in-Pendle).
Material - Pendleside chert .
Flint found on Will Moor (north of Lad Law - Boulsworth Hill).
Possible broken graving tool
More flint implements from Lad law - blades and scrapers.
- Nick Todd
Small axe head from Stang Top, above the village of Roughlee.
Form of volcanic Tuff
Tunic button found near Lane Bottom, Briercliffe - June 2015.
Material is silver plated pewter. The button carries the crest of the Dukes of Hamilton
surmounted by the English crown.
It is probable that the object was worn by Scottish soldiers fighting on the Royalist
side in English Civil War. In 1648 the Duke of Hamilton sent some 9,000 soldiers
to support Charles I. As the Hamilton army moved south from Lancaster Cromwell and
his Parliamentary forces headed west from Gisburn to cut them off. The Scots were
routed at Walton le Dale (Battle of Preston) and the army scattered far and wide.
It is known that a Civil War skirmish took place in the vicinity of Haggate/Lane
Bottom between local farmers and a small band of Royalist soldiers ( a number of
the farmers were killed). It is very possible, then, that the tunic button was lost
from the uniform of a Hamilton soldier during this fight and that the findspot represents
the site of the skirmish.
Boulder from the Catlow Bottoms hillfort site. Thisis one of a group of similar large
stones (around 1 metre across) that appear to have been worked.
This example displays chiselled ‘half-swastika- designs (arrowed).
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Image - right: June 2015 - Two more examples of the tool type in the above image.
These are exactly the same length and shape and were found on flint manufacturing
site at Gisburn.
It would appear that these tools were manufactured in chalkland areas and traded.
Badly corroded head from a Roman fibula brooch found at Gisburn (June 2015). The
object probably dates from the 2nd century AD - these were manufactured in many metals
from gold to iron.