The Journal of Antiquities: Blackheath Circle, Near Todmorden, West Yorkshire.

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The Journal of Antiquities is an interesting little blog I don’t think I’ve shown you before, focusing on ancient sites in Britain and Ireland. By ancient I do mean ancient…like this one, Blackheath Circle, which dates from the Bronze Age. This is the sort of history that mingles often with archaeology in an interesting but hazy period of the distant past that fires the imagination as much as the intellect. So take a look at this profile of Blackheath Circle, an old burial ground, and its various archaeological mysteries. Cool stuff!

OS Grid Reference: SD 94338 25428. About 1 mile north of Todmorden, west Yorkshire, at the eastern edge of Todmorden Golf Course there is a Bronze Age cairn circle, ring cairn or round barrow. This is usually referred to as Blackheath Circle, but locally it is called Frying Pan Circle, because of its circular shape. It also sometimes goes under the name ‘Blackheath Ringbank Cemetery’. This circular feature is now incorporated into a raised, grassy golf barrow, but at ground-level it is hardly noticeable today apart from a slight raised bank at either side of the mound. The grass is often a brownish colour where the cairn’s outer raised ring shows up after being mowed. The site is situated at over 900 feet above sea-level. When excavated several cremation urns were found along with other artefacts. Blackheath Circle is best reached from Kebs Lane, Eastwood Road and then Hey Head Lane, which goes past the golf course. About halfway down the lane on the right-hand side there is a wall-stile and footpath along the edge of the golf course – the grassy golf barrow and Bronze Age circle, or what’s left of it, being 190m along this path.

The following information is taken from ‘Life In Bronze Age Times – A Resource Book For Teachers’. It says of the site: “Blackheath is a Prehistoric  cemetery

Source: Blackheath Circle, Near Todmorden, West Yorkshire

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  1. Looks like another blog I’ll be following, Sean. I’ve made a habit over the years of visiting sites like this whenever I travel anywhere, no matter how small or remote they have been. One I can recommend is Clava Cairns. I visited it late one evening when I lived on the edge of Loch Ness and ended up sleeping overnight in one of the burial chambers. I never got the chance to visit Callanish while I was there, though. I will do one day…

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