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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Deserted village gives up its secrets

Visitors to the remains of the 20th century-abandoned Lodge Village got a glimpse into the past as part of the archaeological excavations searching for evidence of the settlement’s medieval origins.

Digging it ... excavating the Lodge Village site.
They saw the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership’s dig team in action, heard about the site's history and looked at what the team's found so far during an open day.

The remains of Lodge sit in stunning scenery above Yorkshire Water’s Scar House reservoir at the top of Upper Nidderdale.

The lottery-supported excavation is an important part of the partnership’s work to look after the area's heritage and help people understand the area’s past and present.

Friday, 10 June 2016

University's archaeology work in running for national awards

Two University of York projects have been shortlisted for this year's British Archaeological awards.

A project involving the examination of a unique Mesolithic engraved pendant from Star Carr, near Scarborough, and Internet Archaeology, an open access, not-for-profit journal based in the university's department of archaeology, are in the running in the best archaeological innovation category.

The awards showcase the latest discoveries and innovations in archaeology across the UK.

Andrew Davidson, chair of the judging panel, said: “The judges were impressed with the way in which the different scanning methods of the Star Carr Shale pendant were carried through to full publication for the postglacial project.

"The choice of an open–access journal and website to publicise the results has ensured wide public access, and the provision of a comprehensive suite of online tools to examine the object, encourages the reader to understand and re-interpret the findings.”

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at the British Museum in London on 11 July, comp癡red by Meet the Ancestors archaeologist and TV presenter Julian Richards.

Monday, 25 April 2016

This festival wasn't built in a day

The armies of ancient Rome march on York again this summer as part of a festival of military parades, siege weapon demonstrations, guided walks and expert speakers.

The Eboracum Roman Festival, from 1-5 June, will be based in the York Museum Gardens where there will be fighting displays and children’s army drills from members of six legions, a camp showing domestic Roman life and stalls selling themed goods.

More than 50 of the Romans will march through the streets of York on the Saturday and Sunday mornings.

A series of guided walks and talks by leading experts will take place at various venues around the city, including leading Egyptologist Jo Fletcher on discovering Ancient Egypt in Roman Yorkshire.

The museum, home some of Britain’s most treasured Roman artefacts, will be running various activities and workshops, including two events with bestselling children’s author Caroline Lawrence. Explore York Libraries and Archives are also hosting a number of talks by experts.

One of the festival sponsors, AOC Archaeology, will create a 3D scan of the Roman Multangular Tower in the Museum Gardens during the festival. Visitors to the tent can take part of in a range of activities with professional archaeologists using the latest technologies.
Further information:

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Ironstone project taps into lottery cash seam so it can unearth rich history

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded a £2.8m grant to protect and raise awareness of one of the unique landscapes of the North York Moors national park.

Rosedale east mines. Photo by Paddy Chambers.
The project will help people to understand and enhance the landscape and its legacy of 19th century ironstone exploitation, preserving it for future generations and making connections to Teesside, the industrial area that it created.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Would-be archaeologists will dig this deserted hamlet opportunity

Budding archaeologists are invited to take part in an exciting new project to help unearth important local history.

Local charity Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust is on the look out for volunteers to take part in an archaeological survey of the long-deserted hamlet of Thorns near Ribblehead.

Friday, 11 September 2015

This fossil festival's dino-amic

Fossil fans will descend on Scarborough for the second Yorkshire Fossil Festival from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 September.

Don't get him angry! T-Rex makes a return to the Rotunda.
Photo by Tony Bartholomew.
Organisers say the event at the Rotunda Museum will feature a range of activities plus public talks by leading experts..

Scarborough Museums Trust and the Palaeontological Association are hosting the festival for youngsters.

And T-Rex who proved a hit outside the Rotunda during the Tour de Yorkshire in May makes a return on Saturday and Sunday, and dinosaur fans can also meet the co-presenter of the recent ITV programme, Dinosaur Britain, Dean Lomax.

The schedule includes sand sculpting and workshops, rockpooling trips and a dinosaur footprint walk. There will be two talks at Scarborough Library – on Friday evening at 7pm, with David Bond, and advanced research fellow at the University of Hull, will look at the environmental change during Earth’s greatest mass extinction events and on Saturday at 4.30pm with Dr Alexander Dunhill, a research fellow at the University of Leeds whose family-friendly talk looks at the dinosaurs that once roamed the Yorkshire Coast.

Tickets need to be booked with the Rotunda, telephone 01723 353665. Further information:

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Back to the Middle Ages for town's church and local historians

A Northallerton church is teaming up with local historians to give people an idea of what their community was like in the Middle Ages.

Grave concern ... vicar of the Northallerton, the Revd Fiona Mayer-Jones
 examines the inscription on the Norman grave slab

All Saints Church and Northallerton and District Local History Society are staging a medieval festival” inside the Grade one-listed building on Saturday (1 August).  

The event is part of the Jorvik Medieval Festival’s “Church Explorers” initiative.

Friday, 24 July 2015

Lead gives weighty subject to industrial heritage photo exhibition

An exhibition of photographs is highlighting the impact of lead mining on the Yorkshire Dales and the work needed to conserve the remains of the industry.

The ruins of England's best preserved lead smelt mills
 in Old Gang in Swaledale.
The Yoredale offices of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority in Bainbridge are playing host to the exhibition – The Hills Afford Great Store of Lead – until September 25.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Nidderdale's launches World War One centenary events programme

A new programme of events has been launched in Nidderdale to mark the second year of the centenary of World War One.

The series has been organised by Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Friends of Nidderdale.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Hordes expected to see hoard as Viking treasure returns to York

The most significant Viking treasure to be found in Britain in the past 150 years is back in York from 3 July after featuring in major exhibitions around Europe.

The Vale of Viking Hoard was found by metal detectorists eight years ago and bought by the Yorkshire Museum and the British Museum.

Since then it has been on show in Berlin, Copenhagen and in London as part of the British Museum’s blockbuster exhibition Vikings: Life and Legend. It has not been on show in Yorkshire for the past three years.

Monday, 30 March 2015

Roman villa options explored

A number of options are being looked at so that details of a Roman villa uncovered during the construction of the Bedale, Aiskew and Leeming Bar by-pass can be made available to the public.

Archaeologists have carried out an investigation of the site which will be covered by the new road.

Options for presenting the information include leaflets, an interpretation board, and online resources.

A North Yorkshire County Council spokesman said: “Excavation of the villa began in November 2014, and the area of the villa which lay within the road corridor has now been fully investigated and recorded,”

“On completion of all fieldwork, the process of post-excavation work will begin, with each category of artefact examined by specialists so that a full report can be produced.”

County council chiefs say that the advanced stage of construction means the villa site can't remain exposed. They say the villa will not be damaged by the work and will be covered up as it was found.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Archaeologists and historians will dig these lumpy bumpy opportunities

The team behind the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership's Our Farm Heritage project is offering the public opportunities to have a go at archaeological surveying, research the past and find out how to recognise the unusual lumps and bumps in the landscape.

A drop-in event is being held on Saturday 7 March, from 10am to 1pm in the council chamber at the Old Workhouse at Pateley Bridge. 

Members of the Iron Age Nidderdale Community Archaeology Group and Historic Nidderdale project officers will be there. There will also be a short introductory talk at 11am.

Project officer Louise Brown said, “This is a really exciting opportunity to work alongside existing volunteers to discover and record Nidderdale’s rich heritage; no previous experience is needed, just enthusiasm.”

The project is part of the Heritage Lottery funded Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership scheme, which runs until 2018.

Further information:

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Archaeology project digs in to unearth World War One memories

World War One memories are being revived in a Dales community archaeology project.

Members of the community are being invited to help uncover the history of three military training sites in the Settle area in the project which is supported by the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Yorkshire Museum keeps Viking hoard safe and where it belongs

A rich Viking’s life savings, containing unique styles of jewellery which have never been seen before, has been bought by the York's Yorkshire Museum.

The Bedale Hoard was found by a metal detector enthusiast two years ago and includes an inlaid gold sword pommel and a silver neck ring and neck collar, the likes of which have never been recorded.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

World War One archaeology events

Archaeology-themed events will be taking place alongside a research excavation in Colsterdale as part of a World War One centenary project in Nidderdale.

University of York is carrying out archaeological research into the site of a training camp and prisoner of war camp in Colsterdale. 

To enable the public to get involved, Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and its friends group, is putting on a guided walk on Tuesday (6 May) and a family archaeology event on Saturday 10 May.

A talk on the research findings by the university will also take place in Fearby Village Hall on Sunday 18 May.

The events are part of a three year lottery funded project. All events are free but booking is advised. Further information can be found by clicking here. 

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Castle's past is brought to life

Sculptor Pete Coates positions the artwork.
Many folks are unaware of the history of Malton Castle and some don’t even know that a castle even existed.

But a project has been launched to tell the story through an artwork by local sculptor Pete Coates and an exhibition of photographs by Kirkbymoorside Camera Club.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Nidderdale marks conflict centenary

Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has unveiled a programme of events marking the centenary year for the outbreak of World War One.

The events are part of a three year lottery funded project. They include free public talks on the conflict as well as exhibitions, guided walks and a family archaeology day.

The programme gets under way on 8 April with a talk by Sue McGeever about the Women’s Auxiliary Force at the Western Front whose numbers included Harrogate teenager Betty Stevenson.

Project officer Amanda Peacock said: "The events are for anyone with an interest in their local First World War heritage and will take place in locations across the AONB. We hope there will be something for everyone, whether you are interested in landscape archaeology, the role of women in the war or the story."

Further information is available at

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Big Dig challenge for Swaledale archaeologists

Archaeology enthusiasts in Swaledale are to embark on a two-year community project to help dales folk search for clues to medieval and ancient history in their own back yards.

The lottery-backed Swaledale Big Dig is being organised by the Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group and will be launched with two free events in Reeth, the first being a presentation by TV archaeologist and Time Team expert Dr Carenza Lewis, of Cambridge University.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

TV series to blend history, archaeology and forensic research

University of York is helping to bring an archaeological and forensic research documentary series to TV.

The six-part series Medieval Dead, made with  Sheffield-based Dragonshead Productions, will premiere on UKTV Yesterday on 21 October at 9pm.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Ancient church evidence found

Archaeologists  have unearthed evidence of the centuries old church on King’s Square.

The discovery was made following works to transform the square as part of the first phrase of Reinvigorate York.

John Oxley, City of York Council’s archaeologist, said: “The current resurfacing works have revealed the foundations of the Victorian and possibly the medieval church. This is very exciting as opportunities, however brief, to look at these vanished churches in York are very rare.”

City council cabinet member councillor Dave Merrett pledged to keep disruption to a minimum in the run up to Christmas.

He said: “The City of York is home to over 2,000 years of history and it’s what makes York so unique. We have to treasure this and encourage important digs like this that could unearth any number of important archaeological finds.

“However, we also understand just how important the build up to Christmas is for retailers and businesses, so we will complete as much as we can of this first phase ahead of St Nicholas Fayre, so the square can remain open for this important event.”

The Diocese of York requires City of York Council to carry out an archaeological watching brief throughout the project to assess the significance of any discoveries.