Peak archaeological project wins award

A PEAK District project has won a top archaeological award.

The investigation of the iron age hillfort at Fin Cop was named Research Excavation of the Year at the prestigious Current Archaeology Awards 2012.

The Heritage Lottery-funded community excavation at the site overlooking Monsal Dale by Longstone Local History Group and Bakewell-based Archaeological Research Services revealed unexpected evidence of a massacre of women and children 2,000 years ago.

Members of the public and subscribers to Current Archaeology magazine voted for Fin Cop after an article appeared in the magazine written by Dr Clive Waddington of Archaeological Research Services.

The Fin Cop excavations took place over 2009-2010, followed by extensive laboratory analysis and research.

Further information about the Fin Cop project is available by visiting