Last week, while ploughing a field, our friend and neighbouring farmer unearthed a pair of quernstones. You will see their construction from the photograph - the stone on the right of the picture goes under the stone on the left. The hole in the side of the top stone would be for a stick and the hole in the top would be for pouring in the grain to be ground. . They are made of millstone grit, which occurs in fairly large quantities on Whit Fell, about two miles from where they were found. It is estimated that their date is around 900BC.
It is not the first artefact that has been found in that field, which has been ploughed several times over the years, and it does suggest that there was a settlement there in those early days. A clever site to choose if I may say so. The field is on a South facing slope, to catch the full sun. It is just below the top of the hill, to be sheltered from the North wind, and it is within a few hundred yards of Burberry Gill, so a source of water near at hand. Also, there would be a fantastic view of the surrounding countryside (apart from the North) so that it would be only necessary to post a look-out on the North side to watch for approaching 'enemies'.
As usual, our friend is over the moon at unearthing such a find. He is a man who loves this land and who loves to research its history. It was good to handle the stones, thinking that nobody had handled them for all those years.
What a find.