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Change to Programme
David Johnson will not be able to present the findings from the Long Preston Big Dig on Monday 17 October 2016. David will present an alternative talk: "Quarries, delphs and stone-working in Cumbria and the Pennines".
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Annual General Meeting
The AGM will be held at the October meeting in Ingleton - Monday, 17 October 2016 at 7.30pm.

Members are welcome to submit items for the agenda. Anyone wishing to do so should contact the Secretary on or before  Monday, 26 September 2016.

7 August 2016

Overground Underground – The Festival of the Ingleborough Dales

The Group ran three guided walks this Saturday for visitors to the Overground Underground Festival walk at Gauber - one for the Pendle Heritage Group and two for the general public. The walk visited the 'Viking’ settlement at Gauber, plus a visit to a Bronze Age burial cairn.

Although the settlement is regularly recorded as being of Viking origin, the reason we have put the word 'Viking' in quotes is because there is no scientific evidence for it belonging to that period.

The remains of a building at Gauber may be long and slim, with a low, stone wall, but the only dating evidence (coins found when the site was excavated in the mid 1970s) gave a period before the Vikings appeared in the Dales.

Visitors were also treated to a display of work done and finds recovered by the Group.
13 August 2016
Gauber display


Surveying at Scales Moor
Wednesday 3 August 2016
Yvonne Luke led a select band of IAG colleagues in a tape and offset survey of a proposed neolithic burial cairn on Scales Moor. This is the first round of surveys, with more cairns to measure, and geophysics and Total Station surveys to follow.

This combined investigation should give Yvonne sufficient evidence to decide whether or not a formal excavation is warranted at some stage in the future.
4 August 2016
Scales Moor - August 2016

Hot off the press
Inventories and Wills from the Parish of Ingleton 1700 - 1750
This IAG supplement to the "Voices fom the Past" is now available in pdf and hard copy. Click here for the pdf version or see the Secretary at the next meeting in Ingleton for a personal hard copy (10).
28 July 2016
Inventories and Wills

IAG Exhibition
Catch up on the work of the Group by visiting the IAG Exhibition at the Ingleton Community Centre.
Free entrance to the display of photographs, finds, artefacts and survey work done by the IAG.

Tuesday 19 July to Sunday 31 July
Ingleborough Community Centre
Open 1000 to 1630

Part of the Overground Underground Festival and the CBA Festival of Archaeology

19 July 2016
Overground Underground Festival

Next IAG event
Thursday, 8 September (daytime)

Morning: The Stydd - David Johnson
The Stydd Almshouses of 1728 (external viewing) and St Saviour's Grade 1-listed late 12th-century church. Meet at Ingleton for car sharing at 10am or at Stydd, Ribchester, around 11am. Click here for details.

Bring a packed lunch or get a bite to eat in Ribchester.

Afternoon: Roman Museum, Ribchester - Patrick Tostevin
Meet at 2pm outside the Museum in Ribchester. Click here for details.

If you intend to come, please contact the IAG Secretary in advance, ideally before Friday 2 September, so we know the level of participation.


Members and non-members most welcome.

Members 1, Non-members 2
17 July 2016
Stydd Almshouse

Ribchester Museum

Visit to Greenside Mine
A splendid time was had by IAG members visiting Greenside Mine in Glenridding. Warren Allison led a walk around the external remains of the mine, showing how it had developed from the 1820s up until its demise in the 1960s. We were lucky with excellent weather, but the real treat was the knowledge and enthusiasm of the guide.
17 July 2016
Greenside Mine

Visit to Clapham Bottoms
David Johnson led a group of IAG colleagues across Clapham Bottoms. He showed us features - most likely to be medieval - surveyed earlier in 2008 and 2012. More details here.
17 July 2016
Clapham Bottoms

The Chapel Fell excavation finishes
The dig at Chapel Fell finished on Friday 27 May 2016. A great fortnight was had by all participants, and we eagerly await the formal report from Dr David Johnson in due course.

If you're too impatient to wait, the informal diary is available here.
29 May 2016
How many IAG members can you get in one trench?

Surveying the Burton in Lonsdale Churchyard
Jeff Price led a training session for colleagues on the use of the Group's Total Station, including a visit to the church at Burton in Lonsdale to map the churchyard. More pictures here
27 January 2016
surveying the churchyard

Viewing the Winter Solstice above Ingleborough from Scales Moor
Four intrepid (or foolhardy) colleagues on Scales Moor viewed the Winter Solstice - albeit one day late due to the poor weather the day before.

Yvonne Luke of Bradford University identified one of the neolithic burial cairns on Scales Moor as being aligned to the appearance of the sun at the Winter Solstice over the top of Ingleborough.

Despite poor weather on the day- gale force winds and driving hail - the clouds cleared at just the right moment to view the sunrise from the cairn. More pictures here
23 December 2015
sunrise 09:37

Visit to Lowther Castle
IAG members and guests enjoying a glorious September day out at Lowther Castle, looking for lost gardens, seeing millstones as decorative features and admiring the ruins.
11 September 2015
Lowther Castle ruins

Practical activities
IAG members undertaking a detailed survey of a ruinous sheepfold on Scales Moor - part of our Animal Husbandry project
Measuring on Scales Moor

Just published
'Voices from the Past. Inventories and Wills from the Parish of Ingleton 1548 - 1700'. Click here for more information

Crummock Dale excavation
Click here to read an article in Culture24 (a government sponsored website) about our Crummock Dale excavation
Culture24 story

Top Cow Pasture Project
Click here to read about our Top Cow Pasture Project and to see photos from our Open Day

Reports just published
The Crummock Dale Project and the Top Cow Pasture Excavation: click here for details

Congratulations to our chairman
David Johnson has received a Highly Commended Marsh Award for Community Archaeologist of the Year (sponsored by the the CBA)

Scales Moor Survey
See the first reports and spreadsheets from our Scales Moor Survey here. Recently added: Enclosures and Water Features

Just published
Medieval Stuides in the Yorkshire Dales, edited by Roger Martlew. Click here for details

Hot off the press
Click here for a new publication by Yvonne Luke: Neolithic Mounds of the Yorkshire Dales

Survey results
The results of our survey of the north-west flanks of Ingleborough can now be viewed online:Click here to see the spreadsheets, plans, photographs and members' essays