Excavations on the stone platform area continue. The end of the platform bounded by large stones can be seen above. Excitingly the large stone just beyond it was very probably upright sometime in the past.
There are also 2 piles of small stones and a patch of charcoal to investigate, as well as a significant amount of ‘hillwash’ to remove.
If you want to join us on our Tuesday digs then use the contact page. This excavation will be going on for sometime.
Today we went back to a farm near Dacre and started to open up a large area around where we found the stone platform.
The photo shows the initial relatively narrow strip joining 2 old trenches to get a feel of the place.
We cleaned it down to the base of the turf layer and then started on a second strip further away from the tree.
The tree will have so heavily disturbed the ground it we don’t really want to go nearer, and of course do not want to damage the tree.
We feel that the hot summer has emphasised the back part (ie behind the tree) of the potential circular feature , and therefore emphasises the need to undertake this dig.
We started the next the strip further out from the tree and uncovered some large stones .
We will NOT be there next Tuesday (2/10) as a number of us are helping out at a local primary school archaeology day but we will be there 9,16,23 October( likely to be there most of the winter )
We will continue to open up a bigger area and cleaning it until we have a clear view/record of the under the turf layer before going down.
If you wish to join us please contact us via the contacts page.
Next week (3/7/18) there will be nothing and then on Tues 10 July we are going up to record some more barns in Nidderdale. If you would like to join us then please contact me via the contact form.
We will be completing a farm survey and undertaking some barn recording. Use the contact form if you would like to be involved.
Tues 22/5 continue to field survey a farm in Summerbridge
5/6 barn recording at the Summerbridge farm
12/6 and 19/6 barn recording some barns in Upper Nidderdale we found as art of our survey work for the Upper Nidderdale LPS our farm heritage project-
26/6 going on a tour of the key features found in the Ripley area by the local group.
Yorkshire post has written an article on our digs in Nidderdale. It can be read at
Over the next few weeks we are are surveying a farm near Summerbridge. It is owned by Make It Wild. Go to their page to find out more about them- make it wild
If you would like to join us please use the contact form.
The report by Jim Brightman on the excavations we did in upper Nidderdale as part of the Prehistoric Project and the Our Farm Heritage part of the AONB’s landscape partnership project has just been released. See our Prehistoric Project page to read it.
Don’t forget the exciting dig of Studfold Romano British settlement start on Easter Monday for 10 days. This is a follow up to the dig last year to hopefully answer most of the questions we raised then. Experience not necessary. If you would like to join in the excavation please fill in the contact form. Studfold is near Lofthouse.
We have successfully completed our Heritage Lottery funded Prehistoric Nidderdale Project and its been signed off by the HLF. We couldn’t have done it with HLF money so we are very grateful to them for supporting us. See other parts of this website for what we found.