We were contracted by Community Windpower Ltd to undertake a walkover survey in advance of the potential development of the site known as Calder Water Community Windfarm.
A desk-based assessment was completed prior to the walkover survey in order to identify any known archaeological sites or other features of cultural heritage interest. The team completed a one day walkover survey of the site in order to locate and examine the features identified by the desk-based assessment and identify any important sites previously unrecorded.
As may be expected, sites of human activity concentrated around the major water courses. The majority of sites were interpreted as stock enclosures or structures related to agricultural activities in these upland areas. The identified features suggested human activity and use of the land from prehistoric times until relatively recently.
The survey resulted in the re-positioning of some proposed wind turbine locations, in order to lessen the potential impact of the development upon the archaeologically significant features.