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SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 145
 Date Entered 28/02/2011
 Updated on 28/02/2011
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Lithic Find / Scatter
 Record Type Archaeology
 Site Access Private
 Record Date 01/01/2005
 Location Preston under Scar CP. Preston Quarry. Now removed by quarry activity.
 Civil Parish Preston Under Scar
 Brit. National Grid Hidden
 Altitude 310m
 Geology Main Limestone now quarried away.
 Record Name Preston Quarry. Mesolithic and Neolithic Occupation Sites.
 Record Description Lithic scatters with concentrations of flint and chert artefacts all of Later Mesolithic Narrow Blade Microlithic Character but with a few Neolithic stray finds also. These finds were colllected by various people over a period of years prior to destruction of the site by quarrying. All finds are in the Dales Countreyside Museum Hawes. Reference Laurie, T.C. 2003. Researching the Prehistory of Wensleydale, Swaledale and Teesdale.Yorkshire Archaeological Society Occasional Paper No 3. pp223-253, Figure64.
 Dimensions 1 hectare approx.
 Additional Notes The finds from this area indicate that Preston Quarry Pasture was one of the most significant of the rather few known mesolithic occupation sites in Wensleydale. It was a great shame that this extensive complex of occupation sites was allowed to be destroyed without formal archaeological assessment of its research potential.
 Image 1 ID 364         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Preston Moor. Selected Lithic Finds.
 Image 2 ID 365         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description Preston Moor. Selected Lithic Finds.
 Image 3 ID 366         Click image to enlarge
 Image 3 Description Preston Pasture, mesolthic occupation site prior to quarry destruction.
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