The Chain

Excavated drag marks from the area known as "Black Meadow"

Excavated drag marks from the area known as “Black Meadow”

Throughout the files there are references to drag marks by a “great chain” that are discovered at various locations during the Brightwater excavations on the North York Moors. There are always two marks close together, almost shoulder width apart. At some points these marks are indistinct, at others they “rent the earth with great scars“. The age of these marks is inconsistent, some were over 500 years old, others much more recent. There were several marks that were discovered on the surface, very similar to those found through excavation. These were thought to have been a year or even months old.