The project was split into four distinct parts with volunteers working alongside archaeologists on the following:
1. Archaeological surveys of woodland
There was at least 1,217 hectares of woodland in the area that had not been surveyed. We worked with landowners and volunteers to identify and record the location and condition of archaeological features.
2. Survey of Bethecar Moor
Bethecar Moor is one of the few extensive areas of open fell in the southern Lake District that has not been subject to archaeological survey. Over autumn 2018 and winter 2019 we carried out a Level 1 Survey to record all of the visible archaeological features on the Moor.
3. Conservation and survey of Cunsey Bloomery Forge
A large part of the Cunsey Forge site had been used as a rubbish dump and was also heavily overgrown with trees. Without the clearing of rubbish, the site would have continued to deteriorate. The site has now been surveyed and excavated and conserved with the addition of an interpretation panel to tell the story of the findings.
4. Satterthwaite bloomery and charcoal pits
We knew there were bloomeries around Satterthwaite dating back to the thirteenth century. Archaeologists and volunteers have now surveyed and excavated this site to uncover information about medieval iron smelting.
The information found throughout this project was used to produce detailed reports on each site. Landowners and land managers can now make use of the findings to help protect, preserve and manage the landscape for future generations to enjoy and appreciate.