As you approach the dark, peaty landscape around Kinder Scout you are following in the footsteps of John Leonard Waterhouse. John walked this area extensively between 1920 and 1940, picking up any interesting pieces of stone that caught his eye. Waterhouse enjoyed hill walking and picking out the tiny arrowheads and scrapers hidden amongst the stones Eventually he amassed a large collection of stool tools and debris. The oldest are over 6,000 years old and date to the Mesolithic (Middle Stone Age). They also include arrowheads between 6,000-4,000 years old, and most recently gun flints from the ... (read more)
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Board displaying stone tools collected by JL Waterhouse, some of the oldest tools are over 8,000 years old. They were collected from Kinder Scout, Rushup Edge and elsewhere between 1920 and 1940.
Waterhouse enjoyed hill walking and picking out the tiny arrowheads and scrapers hidden amongst the stones. He mounted his finds for examination.
In 1926, Dr J W Jackson of The Manchester Museum wrote praising Waterhouse: âI am glad to hear of your interesting find of flints at Ashop Head. I have expected something to turn up around Kinder in view of finds on hills further north, but I donât think anyone but yourself has located them.â
Many stone tools have been found on and around Kinder Scout. They were made between 10,000 and 4,000 years ago. The earliest tools suggest that people were passing through seasonally, following herds of animals and other natural resources.
- Description: width 180mm; height 150mm; depth 12mm
- Who collected it? Waterhouse, J.L. (collector)
- Rights: Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0 Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (part of Derbyshire County Council)