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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

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 753
 Date Entered 31/08/2013
 Updated on 02/02/2014
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Earthworks
 Record Type Archaeology
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 13/08/2010
 Location Coverdale Head
 Civil Parish Carlton Highdale
 Brit. National Grid SD 988 756
 Altitude 490m
 Geology The Main Limestone
 Record Name Tor Dike, The Black Dike and Little Whernside. Late evening sun.
 Record Description This linear rock cut earthwork located on the watershed between the Rivers Ure and Wharfe is considered to have formed the North Eastern Boundary of the kingdom of Craven with Elmet and Catraeth to the east,for further details see Robert White,1997. The Yorkshire Dales. A landscape through Time. English Heritage and the YDNP Website: http://www.outofoblivion.org.uk/record.asp?id=496 Close examination of this earthwork both to the south and north of the unfenced road reveals the presence of small enclosures and occasional hut circles both above and below the Dike itself. These small shieling type structures are indicative of pastoral activity and meetings between the different communities at the boundary.
 Dimensions The main feature, Tor Dike is 2000m in length. The Black Dike extends to the summit ridge between Great and Little Whernside
 Additional Notes The earthen round barrow located at the extreme northern end of Tor Dike at the point where Starbotton Road crosses the watershed indicates much earlier, prehistoric use of this route.
 Image 1 ID 4681         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Tor Dike and Little Whernside. The much smaller linear ditch (CP Boundary) known as The Black Dike can be seen rising to the summit ridge at 675m elevation between Great and Little Whernside.
 Image 2 ID 4682         Click image to enlarge
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 Image 3 ID 4683         Click image to enlarge
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