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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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Next Big Dig Events
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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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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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 26/10/2014
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Fauna
 Record Type Fauna HER
 Site Access Public Footpath
 Record Date 24/10/2014
 Location Cover Banks
 Civil Parish Middleham
 Brit. National Grid SE 129 866
 Altitude 120
 Record Name Comma butterfly flying on 26 October below great oak at Cover Banks
 Record Description This butterfly usually flies very fast from branches which overlook footpaths but I was able to approach when the butterfly was basking in the late autumn sunshine in pasture below this great oak tree, to gain energy.
 Image 1 ID 5855         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Comma butterfly was basking in the late autumn sunshine in pasture below the nearby great oak tree, to gain energy. .
 Image 2 ID 5856         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Pedunculate, or English oak (Qu. robur) at Cover Banks, near Middleham. Possibly planted by Richard the Third or if not by John of Gaunt, but this is just a guess!

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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