Upper Nidderdale Big Digs

Two community archaeological excavations will take place throughout the Landscape Partnership.

The first Big Dig was carried out in 2016 at Lodge, above Scar House Reservoir. The aim of the excavation was to find evidence of its Medieval past. The excavations were a great success and although most of the material excavated was 19th century or later in date, evidence of earlier occupation, including links to the Medieval, were uncovered.

The second Big Dig took place at Studfold Farm near Lofthouse in July 2017. The purpose of the excavation was to investigate a series of possible Iron Age archaeological features which had been identified on the Farm. A further aim was to introduce young people to archaeology by giving them hands on experience of an archaeological dig. Although the results of the excavation were ultimately inconclusive, the Big Dig was successful in providing a very enjoyable week of practical archaeological experience for the children and adults who took part and identifying a potentially important site which is worthy of further investigation.