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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 21/08/2014
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Enclosure
 Record Type Archaeology
 Site Description The Google Earth Image shows that the enclosures have been reworked, are sub- circular and that several lengths of the perimeter of individual enclosures are very markedly circular as though respecting and enclosing circular timber huts or palisades. These timber structures or huts would leave no visible surface trace today. If this proves to be the case, the enclosures may be prehistoric and prove to have been adapted and reused by the Galloway Drovers at a much later date.
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 29/07/2014
 Location Vale of Eden. Pennine Escarpment. Murton CP. Trundale.
 Civil Parish Not known
 Brit. National Grid 
 Altitude 475m
 Geology Namurian sandstone and mudstones above the Main Limestone
 Record Name Google Earth Image of two stone banked enclosures, one on either side of Trundale Gill
 Record Description This Record should be read together with SWAAG Record No 831 and provides a fine Google Earth Image of the complex enclosures located at 475m Elevation high on the South-Eastern slopes above Trundale Gill Beck. These enclosures were described as SWAAG Record No 831 following a walk to this site . The images included here will allow a more comprehensive consideration of the nature of this complex of stock enclosures. The Google Earth Image also shows a second stone banked sub circular enclosure which is located on the opposite, North-Western side of Trundale Beck but at 410m AOD which is a much lower elevation, this second enclosure is located below Middle Tongue Scar, the cliffs formed by the Main Limestone.
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 Additional Notes My initial and preferred interpretation of the group of enclosures at 475m elevation on the South-Eastern side of Trundale Beck as stock enclosures associated with the driving of Galloway Cattle southward, pausing before their descent to Murton and Brackenber Common in the Vale of Eden still stands. However the second isolated lower enclosure is located below limestone cliffs above the stream within the steep sided and enclosed Gill, and not well placed to be of use to the Galloway Drovers. This second enclosure is more probably a shieling type settlement located to take advantage of the good grazing below the limestone cliff and on Middle Tongue the spur between High Cup Gill and Trundale, (See the coaxial field system on Middle Tongue recorded as SWAAG Record NO 830).
 Image 1 ID 5779         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Google Earth Image of (1) The enclosure complex on the Southern side of Trundale Gill prescribed on SWAAG Record 831. (2) A single curvilinear enclosure lower down on the Northern side of Trundale Beck.
 Image 2 ID 5781         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description High Cup Gill, Middle Tongue and Trundale viewed from Harbour Flatt Farm.
 Image 3 ID 5782         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description The Lower Enclosure located on the north western side of Trundale Beck, below the Main Limestone Cliffs.

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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