Out & About …

… on the North York Moors, or wherever I happen to be.

Tag: archaeological

  • St. Hilda’s Chapel Archaeological Dig

    St. Hilda’s Chapel Archaeological Dig

    My Wednesdays are spent at an archaeological dig at the medieval chapel site in Kildale and on my penultimate day for this season, a reflection of the progress so far. We’ve unearthed a further trove of pottery, yet raised more questions than answers. This season started with six tidy two-metre square test trenches, but they…

  • Site of Medieval Farmstead and Ring Enclosure

    Site of Medieval Farmstead and Ring Enclosure

    Running around the foothills of the Sidlaw Hills above Fingask, and, as usual, I was easily distracted trying to locate the humps and bumps indicative of archaeological features. All the features turned out to be quite subtle, except for this farmstead, which was particularly noticeable, thanks to the low winter sun. The discovery of the…

  • Clear felling on Little Ayton Moor has opened up super views across Great Ayton Moor all the way to Highcliff Nab

    Clear felling on Little Ayton Moor has opened up super views across Great Ayton Moor all the way to Highcliff Nab

    A light overnight snowfall hides the debris from the forestry work. I guess the remainder of the forestry will go in due course. Great Ayton Moor has a wealth of archaeological features which I’ve posted about many times before. A chambered cairn, a cairnfield , an Iron Age enclosure, and numerous tumuli. Elgee thought that…

  • Kildale Chapel Site

    Kildale Chapel Site

    The archaelogical dig at Kildale is well into its second season. One trench has been extended and a new trench opened. Pottery sherds continue to be found although not as many as last year. The multiple walls are an enigma suggesting several phases of building. The site is believed to be a private medieval chapel…

  • Billy’s Dyke

    Billy’s Dyke

    So named after William the Conqueror, who was supposed to have passed this way in his harrying of the north. Here he met with a storm and cursed in its face. I’m surprised I haven’t posted about this 4.4km earthwork along the eastern edge of Bilsdale before but it’s not exactly the most photogenic subject. Another…