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Cable gang unearth an Iron Age fire mystery

January 4, 2010

Engineers burying power lines in the Yorkshire Dales have unearthed a piece of ancient history which has baffled local experts.

The strip of ash and burnt material was discovered in Kingsdale, near Ingleton, by an archaeologist working for United Utilities and Electricity North West.

Arthur Batty, of Ingleborough Archaeology Group, initially thought the find was a fire pit – a temporary hearth used by nomadic hunter-gatherers. But it is the wrong shape and depth and no-one has yet been able to shed further light on it.

Arthur said: “We have had the feature carbon-dated and it is Iron Age, about 300BC. Previous finds in Kingsdale have given evidence of human activity from 6,700BC, but we have very little from this particular Iron Age era so it’s quite a significant find.”

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