|Today we were pleased and proud to welcome Julie Martin, the YDNPA member champion for cultural heritage. As you will be aware, the dig has received support in the form of a £10,000 grant from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Sustainable Development fund.
In a press release issued this afternoon, Julie said, "This dig is giving us a window into Swaledale in the past. So many stories are emerging from it. It looks increasingly clear, from the pottery that has been found, that there were significant trading links between this settlement and Roman Catterick. I am really pleased that the SDF is being used to support projects that are enhancing our understanding of the Yorkshire Dales cultural heritage."
During the visit and as if to illustrate why SWAAG are so excited about The Hagg, a beautiful piece of worked stone was found (photo below) which we believe to be a Roman cosmetic palette. A lady or her maid would have used it to mix and apply facial cosmetics. It is beautifully chamfered around the edge, perfectly smooth on one side and small enough to sit comfortably in the hand.