Field Studies Council: Archaeology 2010
Exploring the Historic Landscape of the Yorkshire Dales
at Malham Tarn Field Centre, Yorkshire Dales by David Johnson.
Open to everyone.
The focus of the course is on exploring the rich variety of historic landscapes in the southern part of the Yorkshire Dales. The area clearly displays layer upon layer of historic settlement and land use in today's landscape. During the week you will use a range of skills with which the past can be interpreted and the present landscape deconstructed.
Evidence can be found on the ground of settlement and usage - seasonal or otherwise - from the Mesolithic to the Industrial period. By the end of the course you will have the basic skills which can be applied to other areas within the British Isles.
The exact nature of daily excursions will depend on the weather and the specific interest of course members, but they will involve walks (no more than 6 miles a day) and use of a Centre minibus. The course will concentrate on Malham Moor, Ribblesdale and Upper Wharfedale, and will investigate a range of historic landscapes including wetlands and moorland, caves and valley bottoms, and will focus on past field systems and settlements. As natural processes have played such an important role in the past, there will also be consideration of geology and past climatic trends.
In the evenings there will be discussion and consolidation of the day's findings, and background briefings on historical as well as geology and landscape processes. The course will end with hands-on artefact handling and recognition.
Cost £570 single occupancy room, £500 shared room, £470 non-residential.