Massacre site up for award

HIGH PEAK residents can vote online for a Peak District archaeological excavation to win a national award.

The Fin Cop project is one of five shortlisted for the prestigious Archaeological Research Project of the Year Award by readers and editors of Current Archaeology magazine. Winners will be decided by an online vote.

The excavations at Fin Cop, an Iron Age hillfort overlooking Monsal Dale, rose to national significance when unexpected evidence of a prehistoric massacre was revealed.

Skeletal remains of several young women and children were found thrown into a ditch with the ramparts pushed over them more than 2,000 years ago.

The work was carried out by Bakewell-based Archaeological Research Services Ltd in conjunction with the Longstone Local History Group, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It was also supported by the Peak District National Park Authority, English Heritage and the private landowners and farmer.

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