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Swaledale Archaeology Group Seek Volunteers to Excavate Romano-British Site

Tuesday 6 June, 2017, by Hannah Kingsbury

The Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group (SWAAG) wish to invite volunteers to help explore a site at Hagg Farm, Fremington, and to further understanding of a Romano-British site that may have links to the Roman centre at Catterick.
SWAAG has explored different areas on the site and revealed evidence of possible roundhouses, enclosures and walls.  The finds suggest that the site was Romano-British and abandoned towards the end of the 4th century AD.  However, there is no evidence as to when the site was established, how it was developed or what it was for.
SWAAG are confident that this is a major site and of great significance for Swaledale.  They are hoping to link the site to the era of trade and prosperity that arose following Roman development at Catterick.  This is very much a community project and SWAAG would like as much support as possible from local volunteers with an interest in archaeology.  All training will be provided, all you need is enthusiasm.
The dig will be held from Wednesday 5th July to Wednesday 19th July.  Anyone interested in taking part should contact SWAAG at or call Philip on 01748 884555.
There are no charges for participation and all equipment and training will be provided.
There will be an opportunity to learn more about the site, the opportunities for participation in the dig and to talk to members of SWAAG, on Saturday 24th June between 2pm and 4pm in the Reeth Memorial Hall.
If you do not wish to dig but would like to visit the site please join the guided walk. It will leave from the Reeth bus shelter at 10.00 am on Sat 15th July and is a round trip of some 4 miles.  Please contact for details.
For more information on any aspects of the SWAAG and the dig please visit our website at
SWAAG have been awarded a grant from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund to undertake the dig. The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund is open to individuals, business, community groups or voluntary sector bodies. It provides an accessible source of money for a range of projects that result in positive benefits for the National Park’s environment, economy and communities, while enhancing and conserving local culture, wildlife and landscape. For more details, please go to

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Hannah Kingsbury

Hannah is the Cultural Heritage Officer for the Westmorland Dales Landscape Partnership scheme


0 Replies to “Swaledale Archaeology Group Seek Volunteers to Excavate Romano-British Site”

  1. Carenza Lewis says:

    Brilliant group. I highly recommend getting involved with their dig if you’re interested!
    Carenza Lewis

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