Bowland heads back to the Stone Age

13 September 2018

UCLan archaeologist to deliver prestigious Lord of Bowland Annual Lecture

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) archaeologist is delivering a prestigious lecture about the Stone Age.

Dr Rick Peterson, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology will take Bowlanders back to the Stone Age, with the Lord of Bowland Annual Lecture on the ‘Prehistory of Bowland’.

Each year, between 2011 and 2015, staff and students from UCLan left the campus behind and headed to the hills above Whitewell for their summer fieldwork project. A combination of field surveys, excavations and research during that time uncovered evidence of nomadic hunter-gatherers and early farmers in the Stone Age, along with Bronze Age burial sites and Iron Age settlements.

Rick's lecture will explain how this fieldwork, and subsequent studies, have helped to expand understanding of Bowland's prehistory.

It will take place at 7.30pm on Monday 8 October at Browsholme Hall's Tithe Barn.

The event is free to attend but places need to be booked in advance by contacting the Forest of Bowland AONB on 01200 448000 or by emailing or

Donations are invited on the evening and will go to Slaidburn Archive to support its important work in recording the history of the Forest and to Champion Bowland, which supports projects benefiting the environment, local communities and visitors.

The Forest of Bowland AONB is grateful to the Parker family for hosting this event at Browsholme Hall.