What we are doing in October

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.


July programme

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.

Next few weeks programme

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

29/5 nothing

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.

What we are doing in April

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.

Prehistoric Nidderdale Project

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.