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Viewing website implies consent to set cookies on your computer. Full details Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group
Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
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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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 25/08/2014
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Fauna
 Record Type Fauna HER
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Location Crosby Ravensworth Moor. Black Dub.
 Civil Parish Not known
 Brit. National Grid Hidden
 Altitude 320m
 Geology Tufa forming spring stream rising from fissured limestone.
 Record Name Smooth newt at Black Dub, the source of The River Lyvennet
 Record Description This image shows a very pale, straw coloured, Common or Smooth Newt (Triturus vulgaris) at rest on algae in the stream which meanders through the Black Bog on Crosby Ravensworth Moor. When first seen, I thought that this pale ghost of a creature was a troglodyte emerging into daylight from the limestone fissure from which the small stream emerges as the Source of the River Lyvennet. However, I now understand that this pale colour is within the usual range of colouration of this species.
 Dimensions See photos.
 Additional Notes Reference: T.T. Macan and E.B. Worthington. 1951. 'Life in Lakes and Rivers'. The New Naturalist Series. Collins. Three species of newts are native and widespread across Britain, the Great Crested Newt is most abundant in Southern England, the Palmate Newt at higher latitudes and also at higher altitudes. The Common or Smooth Newt (T. vulgaris) is not the most common of the three in many areas. During April, these creatures seek ponds or low energy streams and are aquatic for a few weeks and live an existence quite different from their terrestrial way of life.
 Image 1 ID 5801         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Troglodite perhaps. Smooth newt at rest on algae colony in the stream meandering through Black Dub at the Source of the River Lyvennet.
 Image 2 ID 5802         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Black Dub, view upstream.
 Image 3 ID 5803         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description The spring source of the River Lyvennet.

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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