SWAAG is a group of enthusiasts in the northernmost Yorkshire dales who are contributing to the knowledge base of the history of our dales through archaeological and related activity. SWAAG, affiliated with the Swaledale Museum, began work in July 2009 under the guidance and supervision of Tim Laurie, the leading expert on prehistoric landscapes in the area who has many landscape surveys, excavations and publications to his credit.
Our work programme meets a wide range of interests: desk-top research on documents, Google Earth, aerial and site photographs; site surveying, mapping and drawing; linking geology to historic land use; recording ancient and relict vegetation and trees; field-walking and producing published reports. We are in the process of planning our first excavation project on one of our survey sites.
Our first survey focussed on a group of previously unrecorded Iron Age/Romano-British settlements in Swaledale. We have been surveying two other multi-period sites and over the winter will work on the spectacular site of Maiden Castle. We plan over time to study a wide range of sites from prehistoric through Romano-British to medieval and lead mining. We encourage sub-groups of members to take on their own projects depending on their interests.
Please explore our website for our archaeological report, Tim Laurie’s publications, photographs and records of wonderful trees and fungi, and general Historic Environment Records.
SWAAG welcomes new members. Our walks and meetings are open to all, so please come along to see if you would like to join us. Remember, if you are interested in research, surveying, mapping and drawing, excavation, finds analysis, botany, geology or just walking beautiful countryside year-round, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org