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Practical landscape archaeology with the
Upper Wharfedale Heritage Group

The Upper Wharfedale Heritage Group (UWHG.) was formed in 2005 with the purpose of adding to the knowledge of the archaeologically rich area of Upper Wharfedale and itís immediate surroundings.

Throughout the year we run a programme of talks and walks covering a wide range of heritage related subjects - details here. Our membership currently stands at around 70

Over the last decade UWHG has been involved in a large number of landscape surveys and excavations. Working in conjunction with the Yorkshire Dales Lposter_sep17_sml02andscape Research Trust (YDLRT) we have surveyed much of the area surrounding Threshfield Quarry, including the quarry buildings prior to redevelopment as well as Chapel House Wood, Long Ashes, Tyne Beck Wood, the Druidís Altar and 100 Acre Pasture. Members also participated in the YDLRTs Grassington's Ancient Heritage Project

Surveys have also been conducted on behalf of the Yorkshire Dales National Park at Langcliffe Scar and at Kilnsey Town Piece as well as recording the barns in Kettlewell and Starbotton area. We also carried out and published a detailed survey of Whitfield Syke mill at Embsay.

In 2013 we were awarded a Heritage Lottery grant to excavate at Arncliffe which included running a series of day schools related to the excavation.

UWHG members have been involved in the annual excavations at Chapel House Wood, and the subsequent post excavation analysis and recording. Members have also taken part in various excavations conducted by Ingleborough Archaeology Group including the lime kiln and the corn drying kiln on Kilnsey Town Piece.

Other activities include excavating the Shell Grotto at the Wilderness Beck in Skipton for the Skipton Civic Society, participating in the Skipton Community Research Project and participating in the field walking and excavation at Yarnbury, conducted by Bradford University. Every year we produce a poster display for the Council for British Archaeology's Festival of Archaeology.

We are currently engaged in a detailed study of the landscape around Kilnsey, concentrating initially on the buildings, and documentary research. It is hoped to follow this up with the investigation of the routes and trackways, either late this year or in 2017

The UWHG is affiliated to the Council  For British Archaeology and the Yorkshire Archaeological Society

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