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Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 649
 Date Entered 04/12/2012
 Updated on 04/12/2012
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Record Type Archaeology
 Site Access Private
 Record Date 24/10/2010
 Location Clapgate Plantation.
 Civil Parish Marske
 Brit. National Grid NZ 108 010
 Altitude 190m
 Geology Boulder clay over Underset Limestone.
 Record Name Cultivation terraces (strip lynchets) below Clapgate Plantation.
 Record Description Fine series of stepped cultivation terraces which as seen from the old scenic road from Richmond to Marske, are probably the most admired and among the least understood of all Swaledale archaeological landscapes.
 Dimensions See photographs.
 Additional Notes Strip lynchet cultivation terraces are difficult to date but are generally believed to have been in occupation during the medieval and post medieval periods. Their origins may however date as far as the Late Iron Age and to the period of the Roman Occupation. They may have been cultivated continuously or intermittently, with abandonment at times of stress. There are early settlements in Clapgate which certainly date back to the Late Iron Age and to the period of the Roman Occupation.
 Image 1 ID 3778         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Cultivation terraces, strip lynchets photographed from West Applegarth.
 Image 2 ID 3779         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Cultivation terraces, strip lynchets photographed from West Applegarth.
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