Monday, 25 March 2013

Metal detection at M6-Heysham Link Road site

Volunteer metal detectorists have been searching for artefacts on the proposed route of the Heysham to M6 Link Road.

The team joined forces with Rubicon Heritage Services to search a site called Penny Pot Meadow on Cottam's Farm off Caton Road.

The articles which were uncovered told the story of happenings at Penny Pot Meadow over at least 200 years.

Among the finds were musket balls and agricultural equipment such as plough parts, highlighting Penny Pot Meadow as a rich hunting and agricultural site.

They did not, however, find a pot full of pennies.

The whole team was licensed by the site owners to undertake the survey on behalf of Lancashire County Council and were working to national standards set by the Portable Antiquities Scheme. The Scheme is funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, which encourages the voluntary recording of archaeological objects found by the public.

Company Director at Rubicon Heritage Limited, Damian Shiels, said: "The metal detection survey of Penny Pot Meadow provided an opportunity for members of the local community to become involved in the archaeological element of the project.

"It brought together two sets of experts that allowed us to maximise what we could learn about how this field was used in the past, and above all else, was great fun.

"I would like to extend my thanks to the volunteers for their hard work on the day, which greatly aided the archaeological work."

Lancashire County Council is set to begin construction of the road this summer and has a duty to check sites which could have historical significance before the main works begin.

The Secretary of State for Transport granted planning consent for the scheme on Tuesday 19 March. Subject to further approvals construction work on the link road and the associated Park and Ride facility is due to start this July.

• For more information go to http://lancashire.gov.uk/heyshamlink and www.finds.org.uk

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