Welcome to Fin Cop Hillfort
Staff from Archaeological Research
Services Ltd standing by the Longstone School Well Dressing which
portrays events at Fin Cop
The site of Fin Cop is located on the crest of a steep sided
bluff overlooking the deeply incised valley of Monsal Dale in
Derbyshire. The hillfort commands panoramic views of the surrounding
countryside, and is intervisible with other Peak District hillforts
and enclosures, which would have allowed for rapid communication
between the sites if they were contemporary.
During 2009 and 2010, a programme of archaeological investigation was conducted
by Longstone Local History Group,
under the supervision and direction of Archaeological
Research Services Ltd, funded by the Heritage
Lottery Fund with further support provided by the Peak
District National Park Authority and English
The hillfort has never undergone scientific excavation; however
there are records of previous antiquarian explorations having
taken place around the stone burial cairns at the highest location
on the hilltop. The archaeological excavations followed directly
on from a desk-based assessment, earth work and geophysical surveys.
The archaeological reports can be downloaded in PDF format from
the Archaeological Investigations page.
A schools' lesson pack investigating the fascinating archaeology of Fin Cop can be downloaded from the Community Engagement page.