Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeological Society (SWAAG)

SWAAG  is a group of enthusiasts in the northernmost Yorkshire dales who contribute to the knowledge base of the history of our dales through archaeological and related activity.

SWAAG, affiliated with the Swaledale Museum, began work in July 2009 under the guidance and supervision of Tim Laurie FSA, the leading expert on prehistoric landscapes in the area.

SWAAG welcomes new members. Our walks and meetings are open to all, so please come along to see if you would like to join us. Our work ranges from archaeology, landscape and geophysical surveying, geology and local botany or just walking the beautiful countryside year-round.

The current major project is the Swaledale Big Dig, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and supported by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. It is an archaeological project to investigate the history of Reeth, Fremington and Grinton by a series of community excavated 1 metre test pits. The image above is of Reeth and Gunnerside primary school children taking part in this project. Please visit

http://www.swaag.org/ for more information