Archaeologists appeal for help to explore Swaledale site

The dig site near Fremington.

Archaeologists will return to a Swaledale dig site this year to further explore the dale’s history and volunteers are wanted to help.

In July last year the Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group (SWAAG) led a large excavation near Hagg Farm in Fremington.

The dig, which was supported by more than 70 volunteers, received funding from the Yorkshire Dales National Park sustainable development fund.

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It was the first large scale excavation on the Hagg site.

Project leader, Philip Bastow, said: “Public support for the dig has been overwhelming.

“This is the largest project that we have undertaken.

“Our finds have now all been professionally examined and it has been confirmed that the site has regional importance.

“We are delighted to confirm that we will be returning to the site from 4 to 18 July this year.”

The finds include interesting Roman artefacts that hint towards both domestic and trade use, raising more questions than answers.

Philip added: “We are discovering an exciting new phase in the history of Swaledale.

“It’s a challenging project and every new find raises new questions that we need to answer. Please call our co-ordinator, Andrea, and book a place to help us.”

The group says this is very much a community project and SWAAG would welcome support from local volunteers with an interest in archaeology.

There are no charges for participation and all equipment and training will be provided.

The dig will be held from Wednesday, July 4 to Wednesday, July 18.

Anyone interested in taking part should contact SWAAG at

For more information on any aspects of the SWAAG and the dig please visit their website at