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SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA
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Future SWAAG Excavations
(Not 'The Swaledale Big Dig')
June 24th - July 4th 2014
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Robert (Robin) Pedley's October 1937 photograph of the western defended settlement excavation at Grinton reported as a wall of a medieval rectangular building. ©W.Pedley.

Grinton western defended settlement ©S. Eastmead.
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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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 working with Tony Liddell of Vindomora Solutions surveying the  repairs to sections of Hadrian's Wall which is a World Heritage site. Photograph taken by Tony Liddell at the Durham County Archaeology day with Peter indicating the SWAAG GPS survey team that featured on one of Tony's display boards (Click Image to enlarge)

Photograph Archive:
Swaledale Museum Image Archive database is part of SWAAG's community work. It is an on-going project  digitising both their images and their 'document' archive. Both databases are hosted by SWAAG and can be freely searched from the museum's archive menu
. The Swaledale Museum can be contacted via their home page.  

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 Date Entered 22/07/2014
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Geological Record
 Record Type Geomorphology
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 21/07/2014
 Location Helbeck Fell above Brough. Mount Ida.
 Civil Parish Not known
 Brit. National Grid NY 793 165
 Altitude 380m
 Geology Strongly faulted limestone strata on the Barnarm Fault, an element in the Pennine Fault System.
 Record Name The Helbeck and Barnarm Faults. Elements of the Pennine Fault System well exposed at Mt Ida above Brough
 Record Description Well exposed limestone Great Scar Limestone strata on the line of the Barnarm Fault below Mt Ida showing a steep monocline structure and tightly folded and vertically inclined beds overlain by overhanging and horizontal beds of the Robinson Limestone.
 Dimensions See photographs
 Additional Notes These strongly inclined and contorted beds of limestone above the fault scars on Barnarm Scar and at Mount Ida are the spectacular consequence of a long lasting series of uplift and dislocation of the Great Scar and Robinson Limestones which are the Lower Beds in the Carboniferous Limestone Series. These limestones, which now form the high edge of the Pennine Escarpment, once were buried deep below the Triassic red sandstones of the Vale of Eden.
 Image 1 ID 5601         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Distant view of Mt Ida from Barnam Scar above Helbeck Wood.
 Image 2 ID 5599         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Closer view and the limestone strata can be seen dipping at 70degrees on the south arm of the monocline
 Image 3 ID 5600         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description The south edge of the strata on Mt Ida. With overhanging horizontal strata overlying contorted and folded strata on the Barnarm Fault.
 Image 4 ID 5602         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Barnarm Scar, a north facing fault scarp which, together with the south face of Mt Ida forms one of several deep dry valleys or gorge like structures each marking a different fault.
 Image 5 ID 5608         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description A lone raven watches from a residual slab of limestorne which escaped removal by the Stainmore Ice.
 Image 6 ID 5603         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Horizontal strata overlie contorted strata.
 Image 7 ID 5604         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description Detail of the vertically incline and folded beds.
 Image 8 ID 5606         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description Horizontal strata of the Robinson Limestone overlie tightly folded and vertically inclined strata of the Great Scar Limestone.
 Image 9 ID 5609         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description The lower face of Barnarm Scar.
 Image 10 ID 5610         Click image to enlarge
 Image 10 Description Barnarm Scar with fine old ash trees and a young bird sown yew tree.

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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