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Viewing swaag.org 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
SWAAG Activities
Enquires: Use the contact details in the table below if present, or the Contact page or email info@swaag.org.
More information of SWAAG excavations can be read here.       
The Swaledale Big Dig events can be read here
21 Events listed. Last updated on: 15/07/2014
 DATE ACTIVITY DETAILS CONTACT WHERE
 6th June  Big Dig  During the Swaledale Festival we will dig a test pit on Reeth Green Rob Nicholson or Phillip Bastow Reeth
 11th June Evening Meeting Cancelled SWAAG Meeting has been cancelled as there is a clash with a presentation at the Museum on new survey work which has been carried out on the Octagon Smelt Mill. It will be given by Shaun Richardson of ED Dennison Archaeological Associates; full details are on the Museum Web site. David Brooks 
 18th June Swaledale Museum Talk ’Willie Riley (1866-1961), Novelist and Champion of the Yorkshire Dales’ David M. Copeland M. Phil, BSc. Swaledale Museum 01748 884118 or museum.swaledale@btinternet.com Swaledale Museum 7.30pm
 end June/early July 2014 Weekend away (M) ? North Northumberland Three days walking visiting sites of rock art, hill forts, bronze age settlements, etc. Centred on Wooler. Plus optional 4th day to Holy Island. To be organised by Tim Laurie and Alan Mills. Watch this space for more details 
 21st June Big Dig  Dig a test pit in Reeth Rob Nicholson or Phillip Bastow Reeth
 22nd June Big Dig  Test Pit digging in Reeth Rob Nicholson or Phillip Bastow Reeth
 June 24th to July 4th inc. SWAAG Excavation Excavation will be at Site 103 on Hagg Farm, Fremington, Reeth, Swaledale.
Please go to this webpage for details
 stephen@swaag.org Hagg Farm, Fremington, Reeth.
 8th July Evening Meeting Open, Suggestions Please David Brooks, david@swaag.org Buck Inn Reeth, 7pm
 19th July Big Dig  CBA Festival of Archaeology. Test pitting in Reeth Rob Nicholson or Phillip Bastow Reeth
 20th July Big Dig  CBA Festival of Archaeology. Test pitting in Reeth Rob Nicholson or Phillip Bastow Reeth
 22nd July Museum Talk 'The Richmond Sixteen' Hazel Townesend This talk tells the story of some of the men who were incarcerated in Richmond Castle during WW1 for being ‘Absolutist Conscientious Objectors’ and what happened to them for the rest of the war.  Swaledale Museum 01748 884118 or museum.swaledale@btinternet.com Swaledale Museum 7.30pm
 23rd July Museum Talk Wednesday 23rd July 7.30 pm ‘Dales Emigration to America in the English Context’ Professor William Van Vugt, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA Swaledale Museum 01748 884118 or museum.swaledale@btinternet.com Swaledale Museum 7.30pm
 12th August Evening Meeting BIG Dig evening: Finds sorting and analysis. Members only David Brooks, david@swaag.org Buck Inn Reeth, 7pm
 14th August Museum Talk ‘Hillforts, stone circles and Welsh Dressers?’ Alan Mills, Swaledale & Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group The Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides and the Orkney Islands are particularly rich in Neolithic archaeology including stone circles, chambered tombs and burnt mounds. This talk is a whistle-stop tour of some of the most interesting sites, based on the speaker’s trips to this area in 2013 and 2014, including on the way, hill forts and brochs.  swaledale Museum 01748 884118 or museum.swaledale@btinternet.com swaledale Museum 7.30pm
 26th August 2014 Big Dig Walk (P) - Explore Swaledale's Geology As part of the Big Dig Project we invitee you to join a 3 to 4 hour moderate walk along the upper Swale valley and Swinner Gill to Swinner Gill Kirk and Hind Hole. The walk will focus on the geology of the Dales and how, over time, that geology had led to the scenery that we see today. We will see and examine examples of the differing rock types, strata, faults, and fossils. Participants should bring drinks and snacks, wear suitably stout footwear and carry clothing to suit all weathers. Free No dogs please. John Russel or david@swaag.org 0945am Keld Car Park
 27th August 2014 Big Dig Walk (P) - Explore Swaledale's History and Archaeology As part of the Dig Dig project we invite you to join a day long walk exploring the history and archaeology of Swaledale. The walk will visit Maiden Castle and explore the Iron Age and Bronze Age landscape of Harkerside. The walk is in part moderately difficult. Participants should bring drinks and snacks, wear suitably stout footwear and carry clothing to suit all weathers. Free. No dogs please. Peter Denison-Edson or david@swaag.org 0945am, Bus shelter,north end Reeth Green
 28th August 2014 Big Dig Walk (P) - Discover Swaledale's Historic Environment As part of the Big Dig Project, we invite you to join a day long walk exploring the history and archaeology of Swaledale. The walk will climb Freemington Edge from where there are spectacular views of the Dale, and take in as it goes the archaeology of the Dale. We will pass the enigmatic Jabz Cave, the Fremington - Grinton Dykes and visit the abandoned chert quarries. The walk is moderate to difficult. Participants should bring drinks and snacks, wear suitably stout footwear and carry clothing to suit all weathers. Free. No dogs please. Ric Carter or david@swaag.org 0945am, bus shelter Reeth Green
 29th August 2014 Big Dig Project Walk (P) - Explore Grinton's Mining Heritage As part of the Big Dig Project we invite you to join us in a walk exploring aspects of the historic mining landscape in the Grinton Moor area including medieval bales, hushes, levels, the well preserved smelt mill and its flue. A leisurely walk of approximately 4 miles; allow 3 hours. Participants should bring drinks and snacks, wear suitably stout footwear and carry clothing to suit all weathers. Free. No dogs please. Alan Mills (01748 884938) or info@swaag.org 10am in the layby at NGR SE04895 96872 to the east of the narrow bridge over Cogden Beck on the Grinton/Leyburn Road
 1st September Lead Mining Walk By courtesy of the Gunnerside Estate we have been granted permission to visit the Beldi Low Level Dressing floor. This is a well preserved site and is scheduled. The walk is restricted to SWAAG members. Please do not bring dogs David Brooks, david@swaag.org Meet 10am Keld car park
 9th September Evening Meeting Big Dig Project. ROMAN ROADS IN YORKSHIRE AND WHERE WE GO FROM HERE; a talk by MIKE HAKEN Mike will give an overview of our understanding of Roman roads in Yorkshire, in the context of the wider Roman road network. Focussing mainly on the North West of Yorkshire and the Dales, and summarising recent research and excavation, he will draw comparisons between what most archaeologists and Romanists think we know about the road network, what we know for certain, and what may possibly have once existed. He will conclude by suggesting specific areas of research and fieldwork which may help to reconcile those differences and further our understanding. Mike Haken is the webmaster of the Roman Antiquities Section (Yorkshire Archaeological Society) and Editor of their eNewsletter, Roman Yorkshire. The evening is open to all and there is no charge. Note that the meeting will be held in the large downstairs room at the Buck. David Brooks, david@swaag.org Buck Inn Reeth, 7pm
 17th September Museum Talk ‘What’s this Dad?’ How new materials change clinical practice in the veterinary world - a look at some of the contents of the veterinary’s tool-kit’. Paul Roger, Dip.ECSRHM, Dip. ECAWBM swaledale Museum 01748 884118 or museum.swaledale@btinternet.com Swaledale Museum 7.30pm