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Help to ‘see beneath the soil’ at Jenny Brown’s Point

Credit Morecambe Bay Partnership
Credit Morecambe Bay Partnership

[A]n exciting programme of archaeological exploration for 2016 at Jenny Brown’s Point, Silverdale, is due to start on 24 – 27 May, and Morecambe Bay Partnership is looking for more volunteers to get involved.

A geophysical survey will be completed on the popular local site, with members of the local community encouraged to join in, learn the techniques and help ‘see’ what lies beneath the soil.

Over the last two years the chimney site at Jenny Brown’s Point has been the focus of historical investigation and archaeological survey by volunteers as part of the Heritage Lottery funded scheme Headlands to Headspace. Some intriguing results have been uncovered, although there are still mysteries surrounding the site.

Geophysical survey is a long-established archaeological technique, which records and maps differences in the soil and underlying geology. This non-intrusive method of archaeological survey allows a picture to be established of what may be buried beneath the ground, without putting a trowel in the soil or causing any disturbance to the site.

Louise Martin, Cultural Heritage Officer for Morecambe Bay Partnership said “Together with volunteers we have been collecting evidence for the iconic chimney site at Jenny Brown’s Point and there are a number of theories to explore. The most commonly accepted interpretation is that it is a late 18th century copper smelter, although a beacon, a mining pumping house and even a limekiln have been suggested. We hope the geophysical survey will provide a better idea of the layout of the ruined building located near the chimney and any buried archaeological features that may have been associated with this site.”

The geophysical survey is being hosted as a training event for volunteers and will be led by professional archaeologists from Archaeological Services-Durham University from 24th to 27th May. Members of the local community are invited to participate and get involved with exploring and recording this fascinating site.

Booking is essential to secure a place – see for more details.

Further volunteer activities are planned for the summer 2016 and beyond. If you are interested in the work at this site or wider archaeological training opportunities please contact Louise Martin ([email protected]) or 01539 734888.

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