Exciting News! A Roman Villa has been discovered in North Yorkshire.

The Bedale by-pass road construction project has revealed the site of an extensive Roman Villa which may well be the most significant to be found in Northern Britain.  Preliminary evaluation work failed to establish the full extent of the villa and consequently a major part of the villa is under threat because the project has not included plans and funding to excavate and record all of what is clearly a very important site.

A Press Release has just been authorised and some of you may have seen a couple of minutes feature on BBC Look North on Tuesday 24th March 2015.

By clicking on the links below you can read about what has been revealed so far.  If you have a view as to what should be done next, use the Comment link on this page.  I know this is happening in North and not West Yorkshire but this find is of national importance to our understanding of Roman Britain.

Press Release

Further Information

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British Archaeological Trust Lecture

Received from Dr Chris Cumberpatch

Rescue Archaeology: Then, Now and in the Future

I wonder if you could publicise this free public lecture by Professor Dominic Powlesland, to be held at 1.30pm on April 11th 2015 at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery.  It is organised by RESCUE – The British Archaeological Trust and all are welcome.  Details here: http://rescue-archaeology.org.uk/2015/02/16/rescue-open-meeting-and-agm/

Prehistoric Ilkley Moor: A Dave Weldrake guided Walk

Prehistoric Ilkley Moor: a guided walk on the 28th of March 2015 To mark the start of British Summer time, Dave Weldrake will be leading a guided walk on Ilkley Moor on Saturday 28th of March. The walk will start from the public car park at the base of the Cow and Calf Rocks at 2.00 PM. We will look at several notable examples of Rock Art as well as a couple of settlement sites on the edge of the moor. The cost of the walk is £3. More detailed information can be found on the Dave Weldrake: Heritage Education website at https://daveweldrake.wordpress.com/prehistoric-ilkley-moor-guided-walk-1-2/.