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Tim Laurie FSA
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The Swaledale Big Dig
2014 - 2015
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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28th November 7pm
An evening to discover what we have learnt: including SWAAG presentations, project activities, finds, project implications and our plans for 2015 including how you can get involved.
29th November 10 am to 4pm
Explore the displays and examine the finds and discuss what they tell us about Reeth. Finally, what are we doing in 2015 and how you can be involved.
Both events are free and will be held in Reeth Memorial Hall.

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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 02/11/2014
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Geological Record
 Record Type Geomorphology
 Site Access Public Footpath
 Location The Norber Boulder Field above Austwick, Ingleborough.
 Civil Parish Not known
 Brit. National Grid SD 765 700
 Altitude 300m
 Geology Extensive erratic boulder field with many very large blocks of Silurian grit resting on limestone of Carboniferous Age. Many of these large blocks rest on limestone pedestals, see photos. The rate of erosion and the age of these pedestals has been the subject of much discussion and recent research by Helen Goldie. (Goldie, H.S.2005. 'Erratic judgements: re-evaluating erosion rates of limestone using erratic pedestal sites, including Norber, Yorkshire.' Area 37(4), pp433-42.)
 Record Name A walk from Austwick to the Norber Boulders.
 Record Description This is a brief photographic record of the vegetation, landscape and archaeological features of interest seen during a recent walk with John and Ann Russell (in advance of a similar walk by SWAAG Members) from the village of Austwick to Nappa Scars and the Norber Boulders.
 Dimensions See photos
 Additional Notes Whereas the main purpose of this walk was to visit the well known erratic boulders, one of the highlights of this walk was the recognition of the unenclosed linear platform settlement complex of house platforms, large and small round barrows (the large barrow being overlain by the modern dry stone wall) with nearby leaning standing stone within the pastures below Nappa Scars.
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 Image 1 Description The approach from Austwick through pastures below Nappa Scars.
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 Image 2 Description Pastures below Nappa Scar and site of prehistoric platform settlement.
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 Image 3 Description Ann confirms the leaning standing stone at the angle in the drystone wall
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 Image 4 Description Standing Stone
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 Image 5 Description Large House Platform with two flanking smaller platforms.
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 Image 6 Description Large House Platform, detail.
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 Image 7 Description 
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 Image 8 Description Further house platforms on the same contour.
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 Image 10 Description Nappa Scar with ash tree on the top edge of the cliff.
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 Image 11 Description The lowest of the boulders
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 Image 12 Description 
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 Image 14 Description View from Norber with medieval field systems.
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 Image 15 Description Frost shattered erratic block.
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 Image 16 Description Old wind blown hawthorns the last relict of woodland here.
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 Image 17 Description The lower boulder field with Ann and John.
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 Image 18 Description View of the boulders with sheep
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 Image 19 Description View without sheep.
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 Image 20 Description Smaller boulders supporting a large block. These are the only upright blocks.
 Image 21 ID 5877         Click image to enlarge
 Image 21 Description View towards the source of the boulders.
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 Image 22 Description The upper boulder field.
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 Image 23 Description Boulder on pedestal, much photographed.
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 Image 24 Description 
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 Image 25 Description 
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 Image 26 Description 
 Image 27 ID 5883         Click image to enlarge
 Image 27 Description 

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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