A non-viking, viking settlement!

Under the leadership of Alex Whitlock, thirteen intrepid explorers crossed the border into the rather windy (and occasionally wet) Yorkshire Dales to join the Ingleborough Archaeology Group to view the widely publicised Gauber Viking Settlement. However, a slight detour above Settle on our outward journey allowed us – like a flock of sheep – to…

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Widdop Wander

A small but elite group did a very low speed walk along the northern edge of Widdop today. We lunched in Orthostat Bay before walking out along Barn Point. The walk was a break from the usual field walks that are part of the vaccary & PHV projects. Today was about enjoying the rather excellent…

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Bona Fido (grins sheepishly)

Post excavation news – I have started the conservation of the bones from the dig. The first stage of the work was to remove the soil carefully from the bone. This was a slow painstaking process and somewhat frustrating as the bone is very soft & fragmentary. The next stage is to allow the bone…

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Summer Dig Day 1

Broke the ground on the new dig today – loads of Victorian pot in the top soil – down to our first proper context by day end. The dig will be open until next weekend 10:30 am to 3 pm (at least) each day (unless overly inclement). So please feel free to wander along for…

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Craggs Kiln

We have about 10 more days to finish the kiln dig & things are hotting up (relatively speaking). The wall structure (above) seems to have been repaired at least twice. Note colour of the infill either side of the feature. We have lifted a lump of charcoal (below) from the reddish material. We will be…

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Archaeology Group Update

In the last month or so the Archaeology Group has concentrated on the Hidden Valley project. We have completed Phase 1 – the initial field walking – and have been continuing with our excavations up at Craggs. The latest excavation involved opening up a kiln site. What was being produced is still a mystery, the…

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