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Dales Archaeology Day, Giggleswick Eniko Hudak beginning her talk on Roman pottery, Giggleswick 2019

Dales Archaeology Day

Every year the historic environment team organises an Archaeology Day which is open to everyone interested the archaeology and history of the National Park. We have some of the most iconic and best preserved historic landscapes in the country which attracts many researchers and local groups.  

The venue rotates each year to different locations in and around the National Park in the spring, providing an opportunity for individuals and societies to disseminate the results of their recent work and to find out what is happening. The buildings, monuments, sites and landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales National Park are its ‘heritage assets’. They reflect the history of the area and help make it such a special place.

We don’t yet have a date and venue for 2020 so watch this space for more information, including how to book,  when it’s available. Meanwhile, to give you a flavour of the day, here is the programme for 2019 which was held in Giggleswick School:

  • At the Cutting Edge: new work on the archaeology of the Giggleswick Scar Caves” – Tom Lord O.G.
  • What does the YDNPA Historic Environment team do? – Miles Johnson
  • ‘A brief introduction to archaeological pottery’ – Eniko Hudak
  • ‘Southerscales, Chapel-le-Dale: Romano-British, monastic … or neither?’ – Dr David Johnson
  • History keeps stacking up: Dairy Days excavation and surveys at Floshes Hill – Dr Douglas Mitcham
  • The specification of mortars: rediscovering hot limes – James Innerdale

In addition there were poster displays, stalls showcasing activities by local societies and a book stall.

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