Buried story from thousands of years of Lakeland life

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26 September 2017 1:17PM

PEOPLE have lived and worked in Lakeland for thousands of years but the evidence of their homes and industries is often buried.

The stories to emerge from excavations to find out what life was like for early inhbitants of the fells and valleys will be told at a day of talks next month.

It is called Archaeology in the Lake District 2017 and is being held at the Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, from 10am on Sunday, October 15.

This annual event is organised by the Lake District National Park Authority to showcase research undertaken in what is now a World Heritage Site.

A spokesperson for the organisers said: "This year the conference will provide an opportunity to lern about recent projects carried out by universities, organisations and those communities and volunteers within the National Park.

"We will also be celebrating John Hodgson's 24 years' service for the National Park Authority following his retirement at the end of July."

After an introduction by Jane Barker, deputy chair of the Lake District National Park Authority, Eleanor Kingston will provide an overview of Lakeland archeological projects in the past year.

John Pickin looks at industry in the Lakes with a talk called Jigs, Stamps and Mortar Stones.

This looks at surveying work at Bonsor Low Mill and Tilberthwaite copper mine, near Coniston.

Jamie Lund, from the National Trust, will describe three recent archaeological surveys in the Lake District and Ian Miller, from the University of Salford, will talk about the bloomforge for iron production at Cunsey Forge.

After lunch, Stephe Cove, of Duddon Valley Local History Group, will explain a project to excavate medieval longhouses in the Duddon Valley.

Helen Evans, from Oxford Archaeology North, looks at new dates and emerging themes from a re-thinking of Neolithic landscapes in Cumbria.

The talks day finishes with John Hodgson looking back on his 24-year involvement with archaeology in the Lake District National Park.

Attendance at the talks day costs £15 and you can get booking details by calling 01539 724555 or look for the event on the website at www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/learning/archaeologyhistory/archaeologyconference

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