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Lead Pike


<b>Lead Pike</b>Posted by robokidImage © © Nigel Rogers
Nearest Town:Ambleside (14km NE)
OS Ref (GB):   SD246982 / Sheet: 96
Latitude:54° 22' 24.68" N
Longitude:   3° 9' 38.98" W

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Though the OS maps show very little, the Duddon Valley has a very rich history of human settlement and this is detailed in the community led publication "Ring Cairns to Reservoirs". Following various discoveries, the community in the valley managed to raise then secure additional funding in order to carry out a survey of the area which uncovered around 3000 previously unrecorded historic sites. Not all of these fall within the age interest of TMA, but a fair few do, and Long Pike was one of the sites to be excavated.

The excavation revealed a couple of pieces of pottery, and some charcoal backfill beneath some of the stones which allowed for dating of around 1500 BCE. This absence of detritus is taken as a sign that the site was kept very clean due to the great significance it may have had to those who build and used it, pointing to it's likely use as a ritual site.
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3rd April 2022ce
Edited 3rd April 2022ce


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Seathwaite Tarn excavation

Details of the cairn excavation in 2007
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3rd April 2022ce