White Cross Archaeology Group

The White Cross Archaeology Group (WCAG) was formed in 2013 from the tutor and 7 members of an Adult Education class studying Archaeology at the White Cross college in Lancaster. The main aims of the group were to further its knowledge and experience, and at the same time undertake some worthwhile research and fieldwork. This timing coincided with the announcement of the “Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland” project (AHFBI) being run from Oxford University. The local site of Warton Crag had long been registered as a “known” Iron Age Hillfort and was thus a natural choice for study, especially as very little recent research or field surveying had taken place (this was of course prior to the 2017 Historic England Survey and Report). In addition the site had become very heavily overgrown, so much so it was now on HE’s “At-Risk” Register. So from 2013 onwards WCAG started a series of site visits with hand-held GPS and camera in order to record what was left of the remains in greater detail than had been attempted before. It was not then known that the Morecambe Bay Partnership and its volunteers had also started documentary research on Warton Crag. However WCAG and MBP met up by chance in April 2015 on MBP’s Arnside Railway Walk event, and it was quickly decided that a sharing of knowledge and plans would be mutually beneficial. Since then we have been working closely together, and WCAG has shared much of its material with MBP and Historic England. This helped inform preparations for the 2016 LIDAR survey and Historic England’s own 2017 field survey, and this joint work between WCAG and MBP and its volunteers has led to recognition under the Historic England “Heritage Angels Award” scheme. The original work for the Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland project was completed in 2015 and the Atlas web site itself went live in 2017 (see separate link in Documents section), but in 2018 WCAG continues to be involved in research and field-walking on Warton Crag.

The WCAG group has no website, but anyone who would like to know more or has experiences to share about Warton Crag is welcome to contact us at info@northwestarchaeology.co.uk. (Note : Many thanks to WCAG members John Trippier, John Laws, Derek Seber, Judith Anstee, John Stubbs, Colin Sills, Kate Vanston, and Steve King).”