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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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If you would like to know more please look at the Big Dig webpages or use the Swaledale Big Dig contact form.

Dr Carenza Lewis: 'How to get involved in the Swaledale Big Dig'.

SWAAG Publications
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Landscape Surveying using Handheld GPS Receivers            Trees in the Swaledale Landscape
Hungry Chert Quarries - Arkengarthdale   Swaledale - Where the Gods Shed a Tear
Swaledale Museum Image Archive
SWAAG Activities and Meetings listed. Update on: 13/04/2014
SWAAG Excavations and Surveys: Blogs and Reports

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.
SWAAG welcomes new members. Please see the membership form on the website. Our walks and meetings are open to all, so please come along to see if you would like to join us.

If you are interested in desk-top and archival research, surveying, mapping and drawing, excavation, finds analysis, botany, ancient and relict vegetation and trees, geology or just walking beautiful countryside year-round, please contact us using the contact page or complete and return the Membership Form. You can find more membership information here.

Our survey and excavation work continues on a group of  Iron Age/Romano-British settlements in Swaledale with intriguing dating to the late 4th century. We have surveyed two other multi-period sites and commissioned a geophysical survey on the spectacular site of Maiden Castle. 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 working with Tony Liddell of Vindomora Solutions surveying the
 repairs to sections of Hadrian's Wall which is a World Heritage site.

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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.

Photograph Archive:
Swaledale Museum Image Archive database is part of SWAAG's community work. It is an ongoing 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 Database: This is the most recent record uploaded by SWAAG members.

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 Date Entered 13/04/2014
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Mining Related
 Record Type Mining
 Site Access Private
 Record Date 09/04/2014
 Location Pastures below Fremington Edge
 Civil Parish Reeth
 Brit. National Grid 
 Altitude 270m
 Geology Drift over Five Yard Limestone.
 Record Name Images of Fremington 6: Mine shop close to the Fremington Mine Level opened during 1870 to access the Copperthwaite Vein at lower level.
 Record Description This picturesque ruined rectangular cottage was possibly used as a mess hut and workshop for the miners employed at the nearby Fremington Level (Dunham and Wilson 1985,BGS Geological Memoir: Geology of the North Pennine Orefield, Volume 2 Stainmore to Craven, Fig 25 Location 27)
 Dimensions See photographs.
 Additional Notes An ash tree grows in the corner of this single roomed building now sans roof, sans window and sans door. No hearth or chimney was visible. The building enjoys one of the best views in Swaledale and the whole of Reeth looks up to it!
 Image 1 ID 5381         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description The mine shop.
 Image 2 ID 5382         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description 
 Image 3 ID 5383         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description 
 Image 4 ID 5384         Click image to enlarge
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 Image 5 ID 5385         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description Swaledale seen over the garden wall.
 Image 6 ID 5386         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description Reeth far below, from the front door of the mine shop.

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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