Archaeology group to investigate Dales prehistory

Volunteers from The Iron-Age (Nidderdale) community group investigate signs of past industrial activity. (S)
Volunteers from The Iron-Age (Nidderdale) community group investigate signs of past industrial activity. (S)
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A Nidderdale community archaeology group has received more than £40,000 for an exciting new project into the area’s prehistory.

With £42,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Iron-Age (Nidderdale) has launched Prehistoric Nidderdale to investigate prehistoric features in the Dacre parish.

We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident the project will support young people to understand the rich history of their area.

Group chair Josh Southwell

Led by volunteers from the local community, the project will focus on sites which appear to be prehistoric in origin, but will vary from domestic, ritual, and industrial uses in this period.

A key element of the project is to involve primary schools and to provide support for a new prehistoric section in the national curriculum.

Group chair Josh Southwell said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident the project will support young people to understand the rich history of their area.”

Iron-Age (Nidderdale) is a long-standing community archaeology group which aims to carry out heritage projects within Nidderdale, to enthuse the community about its history and prehistory, and to disseminate the results of all investigations.

It is hoped Prehistoric Nidderdale will enable young people and the community to discover archaeology, the importance of the period of history before there are written records, and the value of local sites.

Members of the public are also welcome to a meeting at the Wellington Inn, Darley, at 7.30pm on April 20, where the group will explain more fully what they are finding already and how they intent to proceed.

Mr Southwell said: “All will be very welcome, whether it is your wish to simply know what will be happening or would like to know more about your forebears in Dacre or would wish to get involved in research or fieldwork.”

Prehistoric Nidderdale is one of the projects supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund in the area.

The fund has supported over 37,000 projects with more than £6b across the UK, including £445m to over 3,100 projects in Yorkshire and the Humber, with money raised through the National Lottery.