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Tim Laurie FSA
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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 28/08/2015
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Geographical Record
 Record Type General HER
 SWAAG Site Grinton Moor
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 21/08/2015
 Location Satron High Walls
 Civil Parish Muker
 Brit. National Grid SD 945 968
 Altitude 490m and above
 Geology For a full description of the complex faulted geological structures and extensive mining remains on Satron High Walls, see British Geological Survey: Geology of the North Pennine Orefield, Volume 2, Stainmore to Craven, Chapter 11.
 Record Name Orgate Scar and Satron High Walls. High Swaledale Landscapes and Mining Remains
 Record Description This record is a photographic note on the fine scenery enjoyed and the interesting mining remains visited during a recent walk by a small group of SWAAG members from Orgate Scar to Satron High Walls. The return to Orgate Gill crossed the strange lenticular chert hills on Satron Moor.
 Additional Notes For further general details and images of Oxnop Scar,see previous SWAAG Database Record No 680. For details of the relict woodland on Oxnop Scar, which includes aspen and juniper together with the associated vegetation see previous SWAAG Database Record No 350. The vegetation on the cliff edge includes ash and Blackthorn at their local altitudinal limit.
 Image 1 ID 6423         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Satron High Walls. The top of the world!
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 Image 2 Description The walk started from the unfenced road which runs along the top of Oxnop Scar, shown here from below the Scar. View Northward.
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 Image 3 Description Oxnop Scar viewed southward from below.
 Image 4 ID 6426         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Aspen Grove on Oxnop Scar. The prostrate juniper which grew with these aspens at the top edge of the Scar and photographed some years ago, see SWAAG Record No , is no longer visible.
 Image 5 ID 6427         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description View westward down Oxnop Gill from the unfenced road above Oxnop Scar.
 Image 6 ID 6428         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description View northward down Oxnop Gill from the unfenced road above Oxnop Scar.
 Image 7 ID 6429         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description Lower of two adjacent lead bale sites seen during the walk.
 Image 8 ID 6430         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description Lead slag. Black glassy slag present here.
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 Image 9 Description John looks for indications that zinc mineral is present.
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 Image 10 Description The upper of the two bale sites here.
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 Image 11 Description One of the frost shattered chert outcrops seen at the edge of the Moor during the walk.
 Image 12 ID 6438         Click image to enlarge
 Image 12 Description Ravens! Two of the family group of five ravens seen during the walk.
 Image 13 ID 6439         Click image to enlarge
 Image 13 Description Satron High Walls
 Image 14 ID 6440         Click image to enlarge
 Image 14 Description Satron Walls lead mine and hush. The line of this lead vein can be traced down slope to Low Walls
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 Image 15 Description Satron Walls lead mine and hush. A mine with a view.
 Image 16 ID 6443         Click image to enlarge
 Image 16 Description Iron wedge. Visible evidence for early plug and feather mining here!
 Image 17 ID 6447         Click image to enlarge
 Image 17 Description Frost shattered and bleached chert surfaces once covered by blanket peat up to 1.0m thick form white isolated rounded hills a contrast to the brown sedge moorland.
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 Image 18 Description John, as always examines the details of the exposed chert strata.
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 Image 19 Description Here, the small lenticular algal fossil structures in the chert are reminiscent of stromatolites and very large oncolites.
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 Image 20 Description John examines the frost shattered surface of the chert which is exposed by erosion of the overlying blanket peat.
 Image 21 ID 6451         Click image to enlarge
 Image 21 Description Lead mine shaft mounds visited at the head of Stotter Gill during the return walk
 Image 22 ID 6435         Click image to enlarge
 Image 22 Description Lead mine shaft mounds at the head of Stotter Gill
 Image 23 ID 6452         Click image to enlarge
 Image 23 Description A fine group of the well named, heavily scented Musk Thistle (Carduus nutans).
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 Image 24 Description Cedar Wax Cap. So named as when stored in a box, it is reputed to smell of aftershave, whatever that smells like.

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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