Anyhow, intrigued by the possibilities thrown up by our research, in January 2007 Michelle took a look at Knowle Hill for herself. As it transpired, the previous week a violent storm had uprooted the tree shown in the illustration below. (Don’t ask us where the original photograph is. Our gas-powered computer likes to hide important files from us.)
In being blown over, the tree roots had torn a large divot from the ground, revealing a layer of burnt soil beneath, along with the fragment of discarded flint shown below.
All right…so it’s not the most exciting find ever perhaps. It’s not a spearhead, or a palstave, or an Iron Age skull admittedly. However, flint isn’t native to Lancashire, so even small amounts discovered at depths of two to three feet are an indication of prehistoric activity.
Physical evidence then, perhaps, of the Iron Age settlement on the hill’s summit?
We’ll let our readers weigh up the arguments and reach their own conclusions on that particular score, and leave you instead with one last map showing the possible locations of all the historical items mentioned in this article to help you decide.