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.
Martin Neal of the Highways Agency has informed us that they are holding a second archaeology day at Catterick on Saturday 29th November. Guided walks start at 10.30 am and continue hourly until 2.30pm, and strong shoes or boots are advised. There will be opportunities to speak to archaeologists working on the site, and there is a small display of photos and finds from the recent excavations.
The first “Archaeology Day” they held in May was well worth a visit, speaking from personal experience. It will be good to see what progress they’ve made. For any further information please contact Stuart Culley, Public Liaison Officer, on 01677 932348
Elmet Archaeological Services are offering several places on a small excavation to understand some recently uncovered Roman remains in Swinton, near Rotherham, S. Yorks.
The price ranges from £70 for a single day up to £240 for a full five day attendance. The excavation will be fully supervised by experienced professional archaeologists and all levels of archaeological investigation and recording will be taught to the attendees.
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Many thanks for your time,
Elmet Archaeological Services Ltd.
Many of you will be aware that the upgrades to the A1 are continuing further north and the archaeologists are investigating along the route. Further south there have been many exciting finds including the Romano-British settlement at Wattle Syke and the Roman Fort at Roecliffe.
On Saturday 31st May 2014, there will be an Archaeological Day at the Catterick Racecourse car park. This will provide a fantastic first-hand opportunity to see one of the excavation sites where digging has been taking place prior to the construction of the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme.
• Guided walks led by Stephen Sherlock and Neil Redfern will leave at hourly intervals between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm
• Walks will cross rough ground so suitable footwear is required
• There will be opportunity to view finds from the recent excavations, and NAA staff will be on site to explain their work
Whilst this will be a free event, there will be a charity bucket available, should
anyone wish to make a donation to the Great North Air Ambulance.
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.
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Sam Kershaw has contacted us from the BBC English Regions Press Office to let us know about an ambitious project called World War One At Home which involves local stories from communities in our area.
Further details about the project and the programmes based on it can be found here.
WYHF are expecting quite a few projects like this to start in the near future and would like to help by publishing details of activities and events throughout Yorkshire. Let us know if you are aware of any and we can post the information and hopefully links to special websites.
In the meantime here is the Nidderdale project:
The new World War One Project Officer, Amanda Peacock, has organised a drop-in event in Masham this Saturday to launch the Heritage Lottery Funded First World War Centenary Project in Nidderdale.
Local residents have been invited to share their stories or objects relating to the First World War at the event and we are hoping to speak to those interested in volunteering to undertake historical research for the three year project.
The event will be held at Masham Town Hall on Saturday 16th November from 10am to 12pm.
For more information about this event or to find out about the project, please contact Amanda Peacock on 01423 551664 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wakefield Museum is launching a new club for 8 to 13 year olds – the Young Curators’ Club at Wakefield Museum.
This free club, will give young people the opportunity to get involved in the museum, handle real museum objects, discover interesting historical facts and try new craft activities.
Over the summer, young people are also invited to two drop-in activities to meet the session leader, find out more about the club, pick-up a members’ pack, and try a new craft activity to take home.
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We have an update for events hosted by You Are What You Ate.
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Although not in West Yorkshire, a heritage database in a neighbouring area should be of interest and no doubt visitors to this site will have contributions they can make. Continue reading