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Tim Laurie FSA
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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 09/12/2014
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Mining Related
 Record Type Mining
 SWAAG Site Stainton Moor
 Site Access Army Range
 Record Date 08/12/2014
 Location Stainton Moor
 Civil Parish Stainton
 Brit. National Grid SE 080 956
 Altitude 370m down to 300m
 Geology Mineralised fault in Crow Chert and Crow Limestone Strata
 Record Name The Stainton Lead Mine and views across Swaledale
 Record Description The Stainton Lead Mines are the most easterly and represent, significantly, stratigraphically, the highest mineralisation in Swaledale. (Source: Dunham and Wilson, 1985. BGS: 'Geology of the North Pennine Orefield', Chapter 11, pp179,180 and Figure 30). Dunham and Wilson describe the Stainton Lead Mines as follows: 'The Stainton Mines, North and South extend for a distance of 800m eastward from the head of Juniper Gill down to The White Bog, South West of Stainton Village. Here, the bearing beds are in the Crow Cherts and Crow Limestone exposed by hushing and by many bell pits sunk into these beds. The outcrop (of these bearing beds) terminating at an NE Flier (ie fault) from the Great Stork Vein which brings in grit, presumably The Grassington Grit and the workings cease.' For a view of these Grasington Grit Beds dipping down to the fault, see Image No Trials to access the Great Stork Vein below these bearing beds from below the grit beds were attempted from three levels: Daggets Level at SE0890 9553, 307m AOD, from an unnamed level and from Wyvil's Level, see previous SWAAG Records.
 Dimensions The lead workings are 800m in extent. See photos
 Additional Notes ACCESS: Army Live Firing Range. No Access without express permission of the Range Officer. No Access at any time when Red Flags Flying. The views southward from the head of Juniper Gill and from these Mines north westward across Swaledale and south eastward across the Catterick Training Area towards the Vale of Mowbray are superb. Visited on a clear cold frosty day in December. How many men worked here and for how long?
 Image 1 ID 5893         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description The Stainton Lead Mines. View southward from large shaft mound some 300m east of and above Juniper Gill
 Image 2 ID 5894         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description View north westward from a shaft mound west of Juniper Gill, on the same fault system on the line of the East End Mines in Ellerton Parish.
 Image 3 ID 5895         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description The same shaft mound.
 Image 4 ID 5896         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description Juniper Gill Head view down to Ellerton Abbey.
 Image 5 ID 5897         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Small bell pit and hush leading down to the head of Juniper Gill
 Image 6 ID 5898         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Small pit at edge of the mining area. View northward.
 Image 7 ID 5899         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description Shaft mounds on the Stainton Mines at the head of Juniper Gill
 Image 8 ID 5900         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description View from the Mines southward towards the Vale of Mowbray.
 Image 9 ID 5901         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description The Stainton Mines and hushes lead eastward down to The White Bog.
 Image 10 ID 5902         Click image to enlarge
 Image 10 Description As last.
 Image 11 ID 5902         Click image to enlarge
 Image 11 Description The hush viewed from below.
 Image 12 ID 5903         Click image to enlarge
 Image 12 Description Large shaft mound on the Stainton Mine, view south.
 Image 13 ID 5904         Click image to enlarge
 Image 13 Description Further shaft mound.
 Image 14 ID 5905         Click image to enlarge
 Image 14 Description Stainton Mine hushes seen from below.
 Image 15 ID 5906         Click image to enlarge
 Image 15 Description Shaft with view of further hushes leading down to The White Bog.
 Image 16 ID 5907         Click image to enlarge
 Image 16 Description The Stainton Mine. One of three levels driven from White Bog to locate the Great Stork Vein, this was unsuccessful.
 Image 17 ID 5908         Click image to enlarge
 Image 17 Description The Stainton Mine. Spoil tailings at The White Bog.
 Image 18 ID 5909         Click image to enlarge
 Image 18 Description The Stainton Mine, Wyvil's level and Mine Shop at SE0948 9581. The portal to the level is in shadow to the left of the mine shop.
 Image 19 ID 5910         Click image to enlarge
 Image 19 Description The Stainton Mine, Mine shop recently consolidated by Defence Estates. A rare surviving example of these characteristic mine buildings.
 Image 20 ID 5911         Click image to enlarge
 Image 20 Description Wyvil's Level. Spoil Tailings at Stainton Beck.

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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