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Tim Laurie FSA
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Future SWAAG Excavations
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June 24th - July 4th 2014
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Grinton Defended Settlement

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)

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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
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 Date Entered 30/07/2014
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Geological Record
 Record Type Geological HER
 Site Access Public Footpath
 Record Date 17/05/2014
 Location Nateby CP. Ewebank Scar above Ladthwaite Beck and Birkett Hill
 Civil Parish Not known
 Brit. National Grid NY 792 068
 Altitude 320m
 Geology Limestone strata in the vicinity of the Dent Fault with steeply dipping beds of the Great Scar Limestone forming a sheer cliff and fall on Ladthwaite Beck at Ewebank Scar and faulted strata of the Robinson Limestone well exposed in the face of the Scar on Birkett Hill.
 Record Name A walk from Stenkrith Bridge to see Limestone Scenery in the vicinity of the Dent Fault above Nateby.
 Record Description This record is to introduce a fine walk from Nateby commencing by admiring potholes in the bed of the juvenile River Eden below Stenkrith Bridge, then following the disused railway line, now a nature reserve to divert on a footpath following Ladthwaite Beck through massed blue bell woods to the impressive falls on the line of the Dent Fault at Ewebank Scar, where we enjoyed lunch at the side of the long waterfall, an interesting locality below sheer cliffs. Then, through hazel coppice with active red squirrels to Brikett Hill where strata of the Robinson Limestone are exposed in a small Scar, and where a minor Fault associated with the Dent fault is clearly visible. Returning on the old railway line to Stenkrith Bridge with distant views of the Pennine Escarpment. The spring flora was admired along the railway line .
 Dimensions See photographs
 Additional Notes British Geological Survey Map 1:50,000 Provisional Series Sheet 40 refers. Bennison, G.M. and Wright,A.E. The Geological History of the British Isles, Figures 10.2 and 10.3. ISBN0 7131 2226 9 See also: Versey, H.C.'Geology of the Appleby District.' Whitehead and Son. Appleby.
 Image 1 ID 5653         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Birkett Hill
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 Image 2 Description Steeply dipping limestone strata at Birkett Hill on minor fault associated with the Dent Fault
 Image 3 ID 5655         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Potholes in the bed of the juvenile Eden below Stenkrith Bridge
 Image 4 ID 5656         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Potholes in the river bed below Stenkrith Bridge
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 Image 5 Description Red Campion planted on a retaining wall by the track leading down to the old railway.
 Image 6 ID 5658         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Cowslips on the railway bank.
 Image 7 ID 5659         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description Bird cherry blossom on the trackside in May
 Image 8 ID 5660         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description The path by Ladthwaite Beck to Ewebank Scar passes through old hazel coppice and massed bluebells.
 Image 9 ID 5661         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description Ewebank Scar. The beck flows over steep dipping limestone of the Great Scar Limestone.
 Image 10 ID 5662         Click image to enlarge
 Image 10 Description Botanising at the Falls.
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 Image 11 Description Botanising at the Falls.
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 Image 12 Description The falls.
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 Image 13 Description Lunch at the Falls.
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 Image 14 Description Lunch at the Falls below Ewescar
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 Image 15 Description The way up. Careful use of finger tips is advised.
 Image 16 ID 5670         Click image to enlarge
 Image 16 Description Nearly safe.
 Image 17 ID 5671         Click image to enlarge
 Image 17 Description She has made it!
 Image 18 ID 5672         Click image to enlarge
 Image 18 Description Old hazel coppice above the Falls, home of red squirrels.
 Image 19 ID 5673         Click image to enlarge
 Image 19 Description A glimpse of the shy red squirrel
 Image 20 ID 5674         Click image to enlarge
 Image 20 Description Birkett Hill, with horizontal limestone strata steeply dipping at fault.
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 Image 21 Description Detail at the fault.
 Image 22 ID 5684         Click image to enlarge
 Image 22 Description Fossil Carboniferous Llimestone coral (Syringopora sp.) from the scree below the Scar
 Image 23 ID 5676         Click image to enlarge
 Image 23 Description Ancient crab apple in hedgerow.
 Image 24 ID 5681         Click image to enlarge
 Image 24 Description Glimpse of the Podgill Railway Viaduct from the track back to Stenkwith Bridge.
 Image 25 ID 5682         Click image to enlarge
 Image 25 Description The Belah Viaduct as it once was. The runaway train runs over the bridge...

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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