Bedale, Aiskew and Leeming Bar Bypass Exhibition

We recently posted details about a new Roman Villa site along the route of the Bedale By-Pass at Aiskew.

We now have details of an open day to be held at Bedale Hall on Saturday 20th June 2015

Click here for the full details of the Open Day.

Click here for the latest information about the excavations.


West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Services Newsletter

Please find attached the latest newsletter from Wakefield.  If you are interested in volunteering for some work based heritage work, there are two opportunities to help digitise their past records.  Sounds interesting!

Click here to open the newsletter

‘Of Networks and Nodes: The Place of Roman Aldborough ‘

The Roman Roads Research Association together with the Friends of Roman Aldborough are pleased to announce that Dr Mike Bishop will be giving a talk entitled ‘Of Networks and Nodes: The Place of Roman Aldborough ‘ in St Andrews Church Aldborough, Nr Boroughbridge at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 15th July.

This will be a rare opportunity to hear Mike Bishop speak in Yorkshire and early booking is strongly recommended.

You can book via the RRRA website following this link 

Mike Bishop has had a distinguished career as an Archaeologist & Romanist, excavating among other places, the Roman Fort at Roecliffe near Aldborough along the route of the modern A1, and of course at Chester-le Street. He is also a prolific writer about Roman military equipment; last year he  published the ‘The Secret History of the Roman Roads of Britain’ which is well worth a read. Whilst the focus  of Mike’s talk will be Roman Aldborough and his thoughts on its place in the road network, the talk promises to be far-ranging covering much of what Mike has to say about Roman Roads in general.

Admission will be free to members of ‘RRRA’ and ‘FORA’. Non-members pay £4.00 at the door. A raffle will also be held with two signed book prizes, kindly donated by Mike Bishop.



Battle of Waterloo Day School — Leeds University and YAS

The Yorkshire Archaeological Society and the School of History, University of Leeds are holding a Day School on Saturday 6 June 2015 to celebrate 200th anniversary of the Battle of waterloo. There will be four speakers exploring aspects of the Battle and those who fought in it from a Yorkshire perspective, together with an opportunity to examine some original documents and artefacts. Held in Lecture Room LG10, Michael Sadler Building University of Leeds 10am – 4.15 pm. Cost £15, £7.50 for students. Booking to Judith Rushron, YAS, 23 Clarendon Road, Leeds LS2 9NZ. Full details and booking form available on YAS website scroll down on news archive page to find the link.

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

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: