Recent archaeological discoveries at Fountains Abbey to be discussed at talk

Recent archaeological discoveries at Fountains Abbey will be discussed at a talk organised by Middleham and the Dales Local History Group.

For much of the 20th century the general view was that the archaeology of Fountains Abbey had been investigated and that there was little left to learn.

Now, following excavations and detailed recording by Historic England and more recently National Trust, research including an extraordinary array of geophysical surveys, experts are realising how very much more Fountains still has to tell us, just under our feet.

These discoveries don’t just alter the story of the abbey itself, but also potentially our understanding of the whole of the north of England in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

Mark Newman has been the National Trust’s Archaeologist for Fountains Abbey since 1988.

He is a graduate of the University of Birmingham, member of the Chartered Institute of Archaeologists and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

He lives in Wensleydale and advises National Trust properties from Berwick upon Tweed in the north east to the boundaries of Greater Manchester in the south-west. Amongst his principal specialisms is the archaeology of gardens, parks and designed landscapes.

He is the author of the comprehensive history of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal – The Wonder of the North. He has also worked and lectured extensively in Europe, Australia, the United States and Guyana.

The talk will take place at Harmby Village Hall on March 20, at 2pm.

Members, new members and visitors are always welcome, annual membership is £12 for 9 meetings and visitors can attend for £3 per meeting.

For more information contact Tony Keates 01969 640436,