A possible early Prehistoric Structure
Although Mesolithic artefacts are not uncommon in the region, evidence of campsites and structural remains are very much rarer. The 2000 season of excavation, however, revealed a stone lined slot in Trench 3. This contained no later material within the feature and seemed very similar to one at Deepcar in Yorkshire (Radley and Mellars 1964), where it was suggested as part of the base of a temporary structure, made with a light timber frame and draped with skins held down in the slot with rocks. Furthermore, postholes were found cut into the bedrock outside the prehistoric ditch. Unfortunately no dating evidence was found for these postholes but it seems possible that they pre-date the ditch itself. Remarkable as this seems, it is considered possible that these were constructed as early as the Bronze Age or even Mesolithic Period.
Read more about Mellor in the Region in the 2000/2001 Archaeological Report