3 March 2022

Searching for evidence of 'witchcraft links' at Creswell Crags.

Archaeologists from the Department of Archaeology joined the BBC Digging for Britain team to understand the lives of people who occupied a village near the famous caves.

A close up of hands using a trowel to uncover soil at a dig site.

A team of archaeologists from the Department of Archaeology are digging at Creswell Crags in Worksop to find evidence of links to witch markings that were found inside the caves. The team were filmed as part of the BBC Digging for Britain series and featured in an episode to understand the lives of people who occupied a village near the famous caves.

Creswell Crags is a limestone gorge near the villages of Creswell and Whitwell on the Nottinghamshire / Derbyshire border, and contains caves that were occupied during the last ice age at least 10,000 years ago.The Sheffield team is digging just outside the entrance to the caves where a medieval village is thought to have been.

Dr Kevin Kuykendall from the Department of Archaeology said: "By doing an archaeology excavation there, we might find some information on the materials that were used by people living there.

"We found a flint blade tool, or a flake, which is interesting because it's much older than what we thought we were going to find. It's a reminder the archaeology here spans an incredible period of time."

The excavation is in the early stages, and the team hopes to find evidence that links to witches symbols found inside the caves. The walls in the caves are covered in strange marks scratched into the rock.

See the episode here - Digging for Britain

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