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IAGIAG Next IAG event - Monday, 20th November
"A study of bones - from the Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Bamburgh Castle to 17th century Scottish soldiers"
Professor Emeritus Charlotte Roberts is a bioarchaeologist, and has a background in archaeology, environmental archaeology and human bioarchaeology. She has studied and interpreted human remains from archaeological sites for nearly 40 years. She is specifically interested in exploring the interaction of people with their environments in the past through patterns of health and disease (palaeopathology), and especially those health problems that are common today.

The talk will start at 7.30pm and will be held at the Ingleborough Community Centre. All are welcome. Members, free. Non members 3.

The Sleights Pasture Round Cairn blog
The blog has been updated - see  the latest version here.

Report on the Roman Road walk
Click here for the report by Clare Leigh on the walk that took place on the 20th of May.

The Alison Armstrong Archive
The Documentary Group has completed the task of digitising the material in the Alison Armstrong Archive. Due to the number of records in this archive, the material is now being uploaded onto the Yorkshire Dales Community Archives. Click here for details.

Thanks to Jean Robinson
On Monday, 17 April, Jean Robinson presented 'New Research at Raikes Road Burial Ground'. She explained to us the history of the graveyard in Skipton and how a volunteer workforce had managed to preserve the site, despite being encroached upon by building developments.

Propped Stones walk - 29 March 2023
Led by David Shepherd and Yvonne Luke, IAG members visited Sleights Pasture, Scar Close, Keld Bank, Philpin Sleights and the natural feature of Haws Gill Wheel.

Click here for a report on the walk.

Click here for David Shepherd's notes on Propped Stones.
propped stones

Sleights Cairn blog - more from the blog here

Exclusive guided tour of Kirkby Lonsdale for the Ingleborough Archaeology Group
The IAG Committee has arranged an exclusive 'Guided Vaults Tour' of the local town of Kirkby Lonsdale. We will be taken around the town by local, knowledgeable guides, along cobbled streets and ginnels.

Booking is required, so click here for details and get in touch.
kirkby lonsdale

archaeology walk Archaeology Walk
Join Wild Ingleborough and Dr David Johnson for a journey into the past and a sneak preview of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's newest nature reserve. Click here for details.

Thanks to Bob Abram
Bob Abram very kindly stepped in at the last moment to present: 'Digging for Britons' on Monday, 20 March. Bob, from the Lunesdale Archaeological Group, showed us how their excavations had uncovered extensive evidence of pre and post Roman activity on the hills above High Carlingill, near Tebay.

Sleights Pasture Monument Complex - Final Report
See the link here for Yvonne Luke's final report on the Sleights Pasture Monument Complex, and here for the appendix: Catalogue of stones.

Thanks to Debbie Hallam
Debbie Hallam of the University of Bradford presented 'Neolithic Settlement of the Yorkshire Dales' to the Group on Monday, 20 february. Debbie showed us the evidence for Mesolithic and Neolithic settlement around the Malham Tarn area and upper Wharfedale.

Council for British Archaeoloy - AGM and Beatrice de Cardi lecture
The meeting will take place via Zoom webinar, on Thursday 9 February, opening at 1700. Details here.

Talks, walks and visits for 2023
Provisional list of IAG talks, walks and visits now available here.

Our thanks go to David Ratledge
In January 2023, David Ratledge made an online presentation, 'Roman Roads in the North-West', to the Group. Using mainly LIDAR images of the North-West, he showed us how he had verified existing records of Roman roads, had discovered the errors in other people's work and had found new traces of Roman roads not recognised before. An excellent presentation, showing how modern, LIDAR technology can assist the researcher looking at activity from around 2,000 years ago.

Our thanks to Yvonne Luke
In December 2022, Yvonne Luke, of the Ingleborough Archaeology Group, presented 'A ‘Druid’s Temple’ near Ingleborough - the Round Cairn complex on Sleights Pasture, Weysedale'.

Full report: Yvonne has now completed her 'Druid's Temple' report, and can be found here.

Many thanks to Roger Martlew
The Ingleboroigh Archaeology Group was treated to an excellent presentation by Roger Martlew in November. Roger, of the Yorkshire Dales Landscape Research Trust, presented 'Surveys on Outgang Hill, Kilnsey, Wharfedale'. He showed us how a combination of ultra-modern technology, coupled with good, old-fashioned field work, had started to unpick a complex sight in the Dales.

Our thanks to Dr Mike Winstanley
Many thanks to Mike for an excellent talk about 'Muck, Medecine and Mortality' (17 October 2022). Mike showed us how improvements to water supply, health care and building regulations took place in an attempt to improve the appalling death rates within Victorian northern towns. 

Burial in the hills
2 October 2022. Yvonne Luke led 15 members of the Group around the Feizor area of Ingleborough, showing us the funerary landscape through the surviving monuments, from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age. An enjoyable walk with expert commentary. We even had reasonably good weather (in October!).

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Many thanks to John Wilson
24 May 2022
John wilson, secretary of the Ewecross Historical Society, led a group of IAG members around High Bentham. He showed how the village had turned into a town, strongly influenced by a small number of affluent families and the introduction of a flax mill, offering large-scale employment - both within the mill and at various workers' cottages. It was an excellent tour, led by a knowledgeable guide.
High bentham

Latest update from the Sleights Cairn survey
16 May 2022
Click here for the latest news and photos from the Sleights Cairn survey blog.

Jorvik Viking Festival
This year's Jorvik Viking Festival takes place from 28th May - 1st June. For details click here

Many thanks to John Zant
25 April 2022
John Zant of Oxford Archaeology North gave the IAG an excellent presentation on an excavation of the Roman vicus outside the fort at Maryport. He showed us how the buildings of the vicus had been laid out, and repeatedly renewed.

John also showed us how graffito found in 2013 might point towards a local warrior deity.

Image copyright John Zant
image copyright John Zant

The Clapdale excavation
A day-to-day record of the Clapdale excavation is available here

Day 1: Set-up, mark-up and deturf

Day 2: Small horses or big boots?

Day 3: Misty and  damp

Day 4: A beautiful, tiny arrowhead

Day 5: A busy finish

Updates from the Sleights Cairn blog
More news from Yvonne Luke's Sleights Cairn Blog - click here.
Cairn Survey blog

Reports addded to 'Publications'
Please see two new reports from David Johnson on the 'Publications' page: 'The Sow Kiln Project, an Excavation of Clamp Kilns in the Yorkshire Dales - a report on the excavation of early modern lime kilns' and 'Stone settings: an investigation into enigmatic vertically-set slabs on limestone pavements around Ingleborough and in the Westmorland Dales'.

Thanks to Dan Elsworth
21 March 2022
A big thank you to Dan Elsworth who presented 'Bronze Age burials in limestone country, Allithwaite, Cumbria'.

Dan showed how 'rescue archaeology' - survey or excavation carried out in advance of a construction project - can sometimes hit lucky (for the archaeologist, not necessarily for the developer). He showed us the discovery of a Bronze Age cremation cemetery, with some remains held inside burial pots and some without such protection. Some pots had been partly destroyed by modern farming, but, fortunately, some remained intact. Oddly, some were placed upside-down - noone appears to know why this is the case.

A most enjoyable evening with a knowledgable speaker.
burial pots

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