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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 848
 Date Entered 04/02/2015
 Updated on 05/02/2015
 Recorded by Alan and Judith Mills
 Category Photographic Record
 Record Type Archaeology
 Site Access Public Access Land
 Record Date 04/02/2015
 Location Stang Road, Arkengarthdale
 Civil Parish Arkengarthdale
 Brit. National Grid NZ 0057 0505
 Altitude 390m
 Record Name The Roman Road over the Stang, Arkengarthdale
 Record Description It is thought that the road over the Stang in Arkengarthdale might be on the route of a Roman Road from Bainbridge in Wensleydale to Barnard Castle in Teesdale, and/or the Roman Forts at Bowes and Greta Bridge.
The Roman road is thought to mainly follow the existing route with small divergences. For example, where the current road swings slightly to the north towards Shaw farm it is thought that the Roman road went straight on ie it lies to the south-east of the present road.
This is a record of a brief visit by Alan Mills and Peter Denison-Edson to the Stang Road on 4th February 2015 to see if the route of the Roman road shows up more readily in the lying snow than in the normal rough grass. This was followed by a further visit by Judith and Alan Mills on 5th February.
The photos which follow demonstrate that the existing route does indeed seem to overlay an earlier road with, for example, what is believed to be the Roman agger (the central element of the Roman road see http://www.brrp.bham.ac.uk/construction/construction.html for example) clearly visible to the south-east of Stang Farm.
Other features of interest are also identified.
It will be necessary to re-visit the area later in the year to investigate further.
This record will be updated in due course.
 Image 1 ID 6053         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description General view of the Stang road from approx NZ 00447 04835 showing Stang Farm to the north-west of the road with the agger to the right, south-east. The agger is clearly visible from the sump at NZ 00571 05045 (1281ft) extending to the north-east to NZ 00604 05100 (1293ft) where it peters out as it approaches the existing road.
 Image 2 ID 6054         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Close up of the agger. It is approximately 5m wide.
 Image 3 ID 6055         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Peter Denison-Edson standing on the agger.
 Image 4 ID 6056         Click image to enlarge
 Image 4 Description This low-level view is from the sump at NZ 00571 05045 looking north; the left hand edge of the agger is clearly visible. The sump seems to be a sink hole which is directly on the line of the agger. The line of the agger may be discerned leading to the south west at NZ 00529 04975 where it peters out. See image 8 below.
 Image 5 ID 6057         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description At NZ 01300 06283, a pull-off, looking east to what seems to be another track. This might be associated with mining on Windegg to the south-east. This track is clear running to the south-east but peters out at NZ 01315 06216 (1512ft) although it might continue to the north crossing the brow of a small knoll - see next image.
 Image 6 ID 6058         Click image to enlarge
 Image 6 Description The track referred to above seems to be visible crossing the near horizon.
 Image 7 ID 6059         Click image to enlarge
 Image 7 Description At Stang Top, NZ 01890 06778(1684ft), there appears to be a hollow way to the south-east of the current road. Is this the route of the Roman road, the possible mining track referred to above or what? Further investigation is required.
 Image 8 ID 6060         Click image to enlarge
 Image 8 Description At NZ 00529 04975 where the agger becomes discernible, looking north-east
 Image 9 ID 6061         Click image to enlarge
 Image 9 Description Looking down to the south-west along the line of the agger from where it meets the road.
 Image 10 ID 6062         Click image to enlarge
 Image 10 Description General view of the Stang road from Stang Top.
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