Gleaston  -    Nr Ulverston,
Cumbria   -   LA12 0QH

Archaelogy at Gleaston Water Mill, near Ulverston,Lake District Peninsulas,Cumbria

Gleaston Water Mill, near Ulverston,Lake District Peninsulas,Cumbria



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The first excavation took place in 1993 and was intended to be a 'one off ' to investigate what we believed to be an old watercourse and the potential site of a previous mill. Contextual evidence confirmed it was a man made water course and dated from the 11th century.
During the course of this 'dig'  a number of Mesolithic flints were found, and as this was the period which was of prime interest to the archaeologist, it triggered off a series of excavations which have continued each year since.
Over the last few years it has been established that the valley to the north Gleaston Mill  contained a shallow glacial lake just after the ice age, and there is strong evidence pointing to a substantial Mesolithic settlement of the area.

Digs continued each year until the threat of foot and mouth closed the fields in 2001.
At Easter 2002 we were saddened by the death of Chris Salisbury, the archaeologist, so there are currently no plans for further excavations.

Some of the artefacts from the digs are now on display in The Mill.