It was absolutely baking hot up on The Hagg today especially around midday and nowhere was there any shade. I did try sitting in the equipment tent at lunch time just to get out of the fierce sunshine but after five minutes feeling like Nelly no-mates in there on my own, went back to join the rest of the sunbathers picnicking on the hillside. The company was nice and the view was better too!
Hard work again and lots of soil and rocks shifted. In particular the strongmen of the team have lifted one of the huge slabs in the centre of the site and exposed the soil beneath. Samples have been taken for environmental analysis with a view to finding out more about the nature of the site before the compound was built.
More visitors today; Senior Historic Environment Officer Miles Johnson and Community Heritage Officer Rebecca Cadbury-Simmons from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority had a tour of the site and viewed the finds. Finally a word about our lovely Hagg 2017 t-shirts: this exclusive design has sold out in some sizes but "Large", which basically fits anyone, is still available at the bargain price of £10. If you are interested please see any SWAAG member on-site or email Shirley@swaag.org.
Mike clearing nettles with his brushcutter
Three Amigos: the wonderful Tony Liddell, who has supported us right through the dig, consulting with Philip and Graham
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Three bags full: environmental samples from beneath a large paving slab