Through snow, sleet, hail, strong winds and even some sunshine, the local volunteers, mainly from the Holcombe Moor Heritage Group, dug trenches to evaluate the farmstead itself and its earthworks and outbuildings.
The Search for Bottoms Mill
The existence of Bottoms Mill was first recorded in 1780 and we know it stood until around 1905. However, until the Summer of 2010 its exact location was unknown.
Once we had stumbled across Bottoms Mill we organised a day for examining the site and recording it, followed by a geophysical survey and a flora survey.
A series of test pits were dug over the weekend of October 30th & 31st 2010 by volunteers of the Holcombe Moor Heritage Group.
We returned in 2013 and 3014 to dig some more - what a site!
PLEASE NOTE - The MoD site is NOT a Public Access area and these sites are not open to the public. The MoD site has many dangerous hazards and should not be accessed without permission. However, a public footpath does run close by all the sites and you can view them from there.
HMHG have so far taken part in four excavations:
Only the first dig, at Cinderhill Farm, was performed under the watchful eye of Greater Manchester Archaeology Unit. All subsequent activities have been independent HMHG digs.
However, we work closely with the MoD Archaeologist, Phil Abrahamson, and try to follow the CBA's best practice during all our work. We aim to carefully record and preserve the archaeology of the moor for future generations.
On Saturday 29th May 2011, we braved the May showers to go and have a recce at this, possibly historically crucial site. And what a site it could prove to be. Dominant in position in the valley, impressive in its size of plot and remaining footings, and possibly key, according to our initial academic research, to our understanding of the valley itself.
In 2017 we are continuing the exciting work we did at the site of
Bottoms Mill during 2013 and 2014, 2015 & 2016
This is proving to be an exceptional site - see our photos and Dig Diaries below.
2017 dig dates: (updated 17-04-17)
March 25th/26th & 30th
April 6th,13th, 27th & 29th/30th
May 4th, 13th/14th, 18th & 25th
June 1st, 8th, 15th, 17th/18th, 22nd, 29th
July 20th, 27th 29th/30th
August 3rd, 10th, 17th, 19th/20th, 24th, 31st
September 9th/10th, 14th, 21st & 28th
October 5th, 12th, 19th, 21st/22nd & 26th
Contact Us for more information about how YOU could get inolved on one of our digs - no experience necessary.
It's not all digging you know?
Maybe you would prefer to record or draw or measure or clean finds or do some Landscape Archaeology?