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Visit to view Rock Art in Baildon - a visit led by Mike Short

An invitation to attend Exploring Village History

Next event of 2018 - Monday 19 November
A talk by Gill Hey

The Neolithic in the North West
The North West of England has been regarded as something of a backwater in accounts of the Neolithic of Britain - an area that was settled by farmers long after they had begun to grow crops and herd animals elsewhere in these islands. Recent work undertaken in advance of development, as well as in a research context, has shown that this is not the case, and that the North West has much to contribute to understanding how and why society changed 6,000 years ago, with very long-lasting consequences.
7.30pm at the Ingleborough Community Centre
11 November 2018

IAG visit to view Rock Art on Baildon Moor
On 15 September, members enjoyed an afternoon on Baildon Moor viewing Rock Art. The visit was led by an IAG member, Mike Short.
23 September 2018
rock art / baildon moor
rock art / baildon moor rock art / baildon moor

Exploring Local Village History
An invitation from the North Yorkshire County Record Office, who are holding a one day workshopexploring the documentary sources used to study local and village history. Saturday 20th October, 1030 to 1530, Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes. More details here.
23 September 2018
Expl Vill Hist

IAG visit to the village of Wray
On 14 July, members spent a most enjoyable afternoon touring the streets of Wray and learning about its history. Our leader was Mike Winstanley, who has an extensive knowledge of the village. In addition to the walk he had prepared for us, he was also able to show the group the residence of George Smith, the land agent whose diary the IAG Documentary Group are investigating.
15 July 2018

Sunrise over High Brae
Colleagues investigating the position of the cairn field on High Brae in relation to the mid-summer sunrise took photos on the early morning of 19 June. More photos here.
12 July 2018
sunrise over High Brae

Surveying on High Brae
A team of IAG colleagues completed a survey of a cairn field on High Brae (on the eastern slopes of Ingleborough).

Some 22 cairns were identified and recorded, the vast majority with some sandstone showing amongst the limestone. Further investigation will be needed to decide whether these are simply clearance cairns, or have some greater importance. More photos here.

10 June 2018
Surveying on High Brae

Whalley Abbey Visit to Whalley Abbey
Members and guests made an excellent visit to Whalley Abbey on 21 May. The visit was led by Nigel Neil, an expert on the Abbey. He guided us inside and outside of the site, adding detail and context to the talk he gave earlier to the Group in April.
10 June 2018

Call for volunteers!
The Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archeology Group are advertising their summer excavation near Reeth.
Click here for details.
6 May 2018
Swaledale & Arkengarthdale

Ribblehead Railway Construction Camp
View the link here for a summary of the IAG Excavation Report for Ribblehead Construction Camp Building n6. The summary has been provided by the Friends of Settle-Carlisle Line.

A date for your diary - update
Yorkshire Dales Archaeology will be holding their Archaeology Day on the 14th April 2018 at Richmond Methodist Church. More details here.
1 April 2018
Dales Archaeology Day

More photos from the Thorns exhibition
This year's Stories in Stone excavation at Thorns continues. More photos here.
8 October 2017

IAG visit to Whitley Castle
A selection of photos from the most successful joint visit with Altogether Archaeology to Whitley Castle (Epiacum).

The site was fantastic, as was the weather. The visit was led by the brilliant Stewart Ainsworth.
29 September 2017
Stewart Ainsworth
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Surveying at Studfold
Chris Bonsall led a team of colleagues surveying the enclosure at Studfold, just to the east of Horton in Ribblesdale. The external bank and ditch has been surveyed, with internal features still to be recorded.

The surveying of features like this responds to the need for recording detail before it is lost to plain sight. As you can see in the aerial photo below, the features cover three fields, with bank and ditch details least visible in the centre of the three. The most likely cause of the loss of feature is ploughing, as the owners try to improve the land for crops.
4 May 2017
surveying at Studfold

LIDAR maps of the area
Following the excellent talk by Mike Powell of Altogether Archaeology, here are some web links to LIDAR maps of the Ingleton area:
  1. LIDAR refences from the Althogether Archaeology website (North Pennines):
  2. LIDAR maps from the Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group (including Yorkshire Dales):
  3. LIDAR map of Ingleton (top and east): click here (very large file - 22MB)
25 April 2017

Surveying on Scales Moor
Yvonne Luke led a group of IAG members, plus Helen (an invited expert from Bradford University), on a survey of the burial cairns on ScalesMoor.

One sub-group completed a resistivity survey, one completed a magnetometry survey using a Bartington Gradiometer and one partly completed a measured survey using the Total Station.

Fortunately, we had permission to drive part of the way onto the moor, as carrying the kit all the way from the car park by Chapel-le-Dale Church would have meant we'd be too tired to survey once we got there.
13 April 2017
Scales Moor surveying

Voices from the Past
"Voices from the Past, Inventories and Wills from the Parish of Ingleton 1548 to 1700", is now available to download. The publication was edited by Carol Howard and Sheila Gordon, with the help of a team of transcribers from the IAG. Click here to access the material.
20 February 2017
Voices from the Past

Burton in Lonsdale Churchyard Project
The results of the Burton in Lonsdale Churchyard Project can be seen here. The project involved mapping the 'Very Old and Separate Churchyard': to aid the local Parish Council and to make the information available to genealogists. IAG also took the opportunity of using this project to train members in basic surveying techniques.
12 January 2017
surveying the churchyard

Long Preston Big Dig
The Long Preston Big Dig Project is coming to a close and an exhibition is being arranged for Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 March 2017. The event will be held in Long Preston Village Hall, open from 10am to 4pm on both days. More details here.
12 January 2017

New details on the Malham Chapel Dig 2017
One of the items on this year's Practical Activities list is a 'Possible Excavation', some time in July. David Johnson has now revealed that the dig will be in Malham, addressing some of the questions relating to the St Helen's Chapel site. More details here.
6 January 2017
Malham Chapel site

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