Landscape Longevity and the Continuing Mystery of Nico Ditch – Manchester’s First Great Ditch

Artificial boundaries and markers can last centuries, indeed millennia in the landscape. Some of the most prominent examples in Britain are late prehistoric and Roman routeways and early medieval boundaries such as Offa’s and Watt’s dykes. Even in a heavily urbanised area such as the Manchester city region the continuity of landscape boundaries, both natural…

Seasonal Archaeology: Peel Hall Moat

The early morning sun on a crisp January Saturday throws into relief one of the few moated medieval hall sites in the region to still contain water. This is Peel Hall, in Peel Hall Park, Wythenshawe, the site of the first modern archaeological dig to explore a site outside Manchester centre took place in 1981…