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Tim Laurie FSA
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An archaeology project to investigate the history of Reeth, Fremington and Grinton by a series of community excavated 1 metre test pits.

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SWAAG  is a group of enthusiasts in the northernmost Yorkshire dales who contribute to the knowledge base of the history of our dales through archaeological and related activity.
SWAAG, affiliated with the Swaledale Museum, began work in July 2009 under the guidance and supervision of Tim Laurie FSA, the leading expert on prehistoric landscapes in the area.
welcomes new members. Our walks and
meetings are open to all, so please come along to see if you would like to join us. Our work ranges from archaeology, landscape and geophysical surveying, geology and local botany or just walking the beautiful countryside year-round, please contact us or complete and return the Membership Form. You can find more membership information here.

Our landscape and geophysical surveys and excavation work continues on a variety of sites in Swaledale. We welcome all who want to participate or learn new skills. We will over time
study a wide range of sites from prehistoric through Romano-British to medieval and lead mining. Please explore the website for our archaeological reports, Tim Laurie’s publications, photographs and records of wonderful trees and fungi, and general Historic Environment Records.

SWAAG Publications

Landscape Surveying using Handheld GPS Receivers   Trees in the Swaledale Landscape
Hungry Chert Quarries - Arkengarthdale  
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SWAAG Database: This is the most recent record uploaded by SWAAG members.

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 Date Entered 23/02/2015
 Recorded by Alan and Judith Mills
 Category Mining Related
 Record Type Mining
 SWAAG Site Ellerton Moor
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 23/02/2015
 Location In the mining area to the south of the Grinton - Leyburn road
 Civil Parish Grinton
 Brit. National Grid SE 05887 95993
 Altitude 1372ft
 Record Name Mining remains on Ellerton Moor
 Record Description Our attention was drawn recently to correspondence identifying 'old houses' and an open mine shaft on Ellerton Moor. On investigation the old building is firmly located within a line of shafts running approximately north-south on the Wellington Vein. It is the remains of a 4-cell building with a small walled enclosure to the north, suggesting that part of the building at least might have been domestic. There is a significant amount of clinker and ash in the small heap to the front (north) of the larger of the 4 cells suggesting that it might have been a smithy associated with the mining.

Two pieces of salt-glazed stoneware pottery, greenish-grey glaze, grey fabric, were found in the spoil adjacent to the building, dug up by rabbits. These are probably 18th / 19th century.

There is a large shaft in the location referred to in the correspondence but, as one would expect in an area grazed by sheep, it is no longer open.

The line of shafts in which the building is located is in the mining area which was controlled by the Drax family. The boundary of the Drax land lies a little to the south of building and is indicated by a standing boundary stone, engraved E D, presumed to be Edward Drax (ca.1726 - 1791).
 Image 1 ID 6080         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description The ruins of the 4-cell building, with one or two people in each cell. The remains of the enclosure wall can be seen beyond the building. The building is located at SE 05887 95993
 Image 2 ID 6081         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description The ruins of the building, looking NW, at what is presumed to have been the smithy in the foreground.
 Image 3 ID 6082         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description The ruins of the building, looking south, with the spoil containing the clinker and ash in the foreground.
 Image 4 ID 6083         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Standing at SE 05727 95925 looking north to the ruined building on the near horizon.
 Image 5 ID 6086         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description The boundary stone at SE 05644 95902. See also SWAAG database entry 390 for more on similar boundary stones.
 Image 6 ID 6087         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description A close up of the boundary stone.

SWAAG: Calva Hill from the West Hagg pre-historic site, by Jocelyn Campbell
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SWAAG's first archaeology walk with Tim Laurie. Photo: © Tim Laurie 2009.
Heather or ling thatched barn above Daggerstones, Healaugh.

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