A new exhibition at Bakewell's Old House Museum tells the story of recent discoveries at the ancient hill fort of Fin Cop.
Today, Monsal Dale is one of the most tranquil and beautiful places in the Peak Park. It is hard to imagine that Fin Cop, the steep sided hilltop overlooking the Dale hides a dark secret. Four thousand years ago, Fin Cop was a hill fort and skeletons accompanied by grave goods have been found there for hundreds of years. But more recently, other more disturbing discoveries have been made. Skeletons of women and children, were found tumbled together amongst the ruins of the defensive wall and seem to indicate that Fin Cop was the site of a last battle, when the victims were murdered by victorious rivals. This has been dated to around 300 BC when the fort fell into disuse.
The fascinating discoveries are the result of a series of digs made possible by the huge efforts of the Longstone Local History Group who organised all aspects of the project. The most recent work excavating pits holding thousands of stone tools has been the heroic achievement of local volunteers including 450 schoolchildren. A new exhibition at the Old House Museum in Bakewell tells the story of this ancient hill fort. It runs until 24 June so come along and find out more about life and death at Fin Cop.
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