Roman Road Excavation – North Yorkshire

A team drawn from the Roman Antiquities Section of YAS and led by South Leeds Archaeology, together with various other groups, have recently been excavating a newly discovered Roman road cutting on the road from Ilkley to Aldborough (Margary 720b) near Ripley Castle.

By kind permission of Sir Thomas Ingilby, there will be guided visits at hourly intervals from 11am until 4pm on Sunday 30th March, where visitors will not only be able to see the excavated remains of the road itself, but also the remains of the revetment structure of the cutting through which it ran, surviving surprisingly well (in parts!) after 1900 years.  Assembly will be at a gate some distance along Hollybank Lane and will be well marked from Ripley Car Park. Please note that the site is about a kilometre walk from Ripley and is in woodland, so stout footwear is recommended, good quality trainers at the very least – there is no vehicular access and dogs will not be permitted.

Enquiries to Mike Haken  RAS Webmaster



Leeds Trinity Archaeology Project

Leeds Trinity Archaeology Project

The primary school history curriculum is changing! From September 2014 pupils in England will be required to learn about everything from prehistory to 1066. This in turn means that understanding of archaeology will become crucial if pupils are to understand the evidence on which our interpretation of the past is based.

To help meet this challenge two groups of student teachers from Leeds Trinity University are working on ways in which archaeology can be used in the primary classroom. This is being undertaken as part of their professional placement which gives students the opportunity to plan their own schemes of work in conjunction with school staff.  The project is being coordinated by Beverley Forrest (Associate Principal Lecturer (Primary Education) at Leeds Trinity University) and Dave Weldrake (Archaeologist and Freelance Heritage Educator).

The students have now finished preparing their schemes of work and will be leading classroom based sessions in the week beginning 17th March to be followed with some small-scale excavation in the subsequent week.

More information and updates can be found on the Heritage Education website.