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Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group
The Swaledale Project 7000 Years of a Landscape and its People
 Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
The Swaledale Project:   2014 SWAAG Excavations, Geophysical Surveys & Watching Briefs

The 2014 SWAAG summer excavation will start on Tuesday June 24th until Friday 4th of July 0915h to 1600h including the weekend, and will take place at the Romano-British site 103 at Hagg Farm, Fremington, near Reeth in Swaledale. See the blogs and reports from the previous excavations at this site. Directions to the site can be downloaded here.

SWAAG excavations have a scout tent available for shelter. Tea and coffee are available.
Places are available for the June excavation please email stephen@swaag.org with a list of days you wish to attend, and any questions that you may have.  Accommodation: suggest looking at reeth.org although the Tour de France comes through Reeth on July 5th so accommodation may be hard to find particularly in the second week.

The autumn excavation will commence on September 22nd for 2 weeks at the Grinton western defended settlement by the River Swale.

Attendance at SWAAG excavations: We welcome all adults or under 16s accompanied by a parent to visit our excavations free of charge for the first day. No experience is required as all appropriate training will be given. We require advanced notice of your attendance by emailing stephen@swaag.org when access details and other information will be supplied. On subsequent days we require all adults to join SWAAG at a cost of £20 per annum, which lasts until the end of June 2015. There are no daily dig charges apart for a £1 a day donation for coffee/tea. Members of the public or small groups who just want to come and view the site can attend free of charge but only by prior arrangement, as both sites are on private property.

Geophysical Surveys: 2014 will see SWAAG members surveying a variety of sites from Ellerton Priory to medieval Grinton and Reeth. All members will receive notification of current survey activity by email. Members are encouraged to participate. You do not need any technical experience and there are many jobs that need to be done that doesn't involve direct use of the equipment. We use: ProMark 120 GPS, Bartington 601-2 Gradiometer and the Geoscan RM85 resistivity multi-probe array. If you are not a member and would like to attend a survey then the same rules apply as detailed above for 'Attendance at SWAAG excavations'.

Why don't you come and join us? See 36 images...    SWAAG membership form.

Previous excavations are listed below.
The Excavation Blogs and all available reports can be read here...
  • October 2013: SWAAG Site 102/103 Excavation.
  • August 2013: SWAAG - NMRS Industrial Landscape Excavation.
  • July 2013: Watching Brief during 17C house renovations on Whitaside.
  • 2013 June 10th - 21st Excavation Blog and Images.
  • 2013 April / May Excavation Report Site 103 Feature 407.
  • July 2012 Excavation for 10 days on Hagg Farm.
  • August  2012 Excavation for 5 days on Harker Mires.
  • November 2012 Excavation for 5 days on Hagg Farm.
For Information: SWAAG Excavation Sub-Committee: Tim Laurie, Alan Mills, Philip Bastow, Mike Walton, Rob Nicholson, David Brooks and Stephen Eastmead. Email: Use the Contact Page. Sub-Committee minutes are in the Members Section on the Home Page.