We have continued to excavate the stone platform and now understand its construction-large stones set round the edge, filled with stones and sand to level the area, then packing stones and finally the top layer.
The excavation has shown there is complex movement and chemistry of various compounds through the soil leading to ‘concrete’ hard thick layers below the top soil.
One of the large stones may have at one time stood upright, we need to investigate this and complete the excavation over the coming weeks so if you want to join us then please fill in the contact form.
A new booklet has been published as the last document of the finished Landscape Partnership Project run by the Nidderdale AONB. This is available as a download https://ironagenidderdale.files.wordpress.com/2019/04/landscapearchaeology_booklet_web.pdf or to buy as hardcopy from us or Nidderdale Plus in Pateley Bridge at £6.50.