Relics are found in Ripponden reservoir

Brian Howcroft inspecting the discovery at Ringstone Edge reservoir
Brian Howcroft inspecting the discovery at Ringstone Edge reservoir

An exciting discovery made at a reservoir in Ripponden has given a new insight into the lives of prehistoric civilizations in the area.

As reservoir water levels began to drop at Ringstone Esdge during late summer, a section of the area never previously been investigated by archaeologists was revealed.

Finds along the shoreline include a perfectly preserved cairn and a funerary site, both of which are thought to be at least 3,000 years old.

Archaeologists have been investigating the nearby Ringstone Edge Moor since last September and earlier this year a previously unknown Neolithic site was unearthed, with flint artefacts potentially dating back as far as 6,000 years ago.

Following this discovery, a decision was made to investigate the nearby reservoir as levels began to drop.

Yorkshire Water granted Brian Howcroft, a member of the South Pennine Archaeology Network, a license to investigate the area and he made the latest discoveries.

Brian Howcroft, who is a member of member of South Pennine Archaeology Network, said: “Yorkshire Water have been superb in granting permission to have access to their land for field walking and recording of archaeological features.

“Our heritage and the recording of past generations that once lived on what is now Yorkshire Water land is important for future understanding of how we used to live.”