In July 2019 Tony and Mick from Vindomora Solutions Ltd acted as professional support for this year’s Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group‘s excavations at The Hagg, Fremington, in Swaledale. The group’s annual excavations at the site started back in 2012 and it was good to see the progress made when this season’s excavation closed and we got the site plan updated…
The Hagg Community Archaeology Project with SWAAG
Hagg Farm, Fremington, Swaledale (North Yorkshire, UK).
Surveys and exploratory excavations by the Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group (SWAAG) over the past few years (beginning in 2009) at The Hagg have suggested the presence of roundhouses, walls, trackways and features associated with a possible settlement/farming complex.
Analysis of finds indicated that the site is Romano-British, abandoned towards the end of the 4th century AD. However there has as yet been no evidence indicating when the site was established or how it developed.
The excavations on the site support the picture of a small successful farmstead, active between the 2nd and the 4th centuries AD. Evidence of three hut circles and one roundhouse (from a pre-Roman phhse) have been recorded, with the LIDAR evidence suggesting at least the possibility of two further structures. The farmstead produced flour, worked on cultivated crops and likely also mined for surface lead, suggesting a busy prosperous settlement.
The 2017 grant-funded excavation proved invaluable to the interpretation of the site, with the presence of a large courtyard established with entrances from the east and a further entrance to the south leading to a southern annexe. This led to a further two seasons in the summers of 2018 and 2019 which presented evidence of a multi-platformed interconnected site with distinct courtyards and working areas. Pottery remains, as well as quernstone fragments, coins, tools, jet jewellery, glass and a crossbow brooch of a rare type also added to the evidence uncovered.
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Latest project news
Just to let everyone know we’ve started work on our Project Pages online. First project to start work on is our The Hagg, Swaledale Project Page. The page now has updated details for the July 2019 season, as well as a link to buy a paperback of our 2017 season report, and a link to view (for free) a flipbook of the same report…
Publication news (2020)
Production is underway of a publication covering the investigation of the site from 2012-2019. This publication will likely be available in Spring 2020.
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