Results of Swaledale archaeological dig to be revealed

The dig site near Fremington.

The results of an archaeological dig in Swaledale will be revealed to the public next month.

Amateur archaeologists from the Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group (SWAAG) led a large excavation near Hagg Farm at Fremington last July.

The dig, which was strongly supported by more than 70 volunteers, received funding from the Yorkshire Dales National Park Sustainable Development Fund.

Group members will reveal their finds to the public at a drop-in afternoon in Reeth Memorial Hall on Saturday, April 21, from 2pm to 4pm when there will be an opportunity to learn more about the dig and examine the items found during excavation.

This 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 now be able to share these finds with the public.”

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

At 2.15pm Philip will give a presentation describing the context in which they were found and future plans for further exploration of the site.

He said: “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.”