Tracking Down The Evidence
Part of an old trackway above Tansley near Matlock in Derbyshire showing similar construction materials and style to the one exposed during test pitting on the Burgage Green
The above image shows a very similar construction process to the exposed road surface uncovered during our excavations on the Burgage during the last two weeks. Pebbles, cobbles and large stones have been spread over the natural geology and have been pressed down into it by constant travel over the top of it. Its bumpy, uneven surface and pot holes gives evidence of its age, on this occasion part of an old packhorse track relating to a late 18th century mill complex. This track itself may well have been laid over the top of an earlier track / road surface, and gives us a good impression of what our road surface may look like if it was fully exposed.