Discovery of Lost Early Medieval Kingdom in Galloway

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Archaeological research has just been published which reveals the location of the hitherto lost early medieval kingdom of Rheged that was once pre-eminent in Scotland and Northern England; thought to be based in Cumbria, this research suggests it was actually based in Dumfries & Galloway. See here

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Where were Swaledale’s medieval pottery kilns?

The Swaledale Big Dig, managed by the local Swaledale & Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group (SWAAG) recovered large amounts of locally-made medieval and post-medieval pottery.

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My friend Jocelyn Campbell, a potter, and member of the local archaeology and history groups posed the question – where were the kilns making this local pottery?.

Perhaps field names as recorded in the tithe map of the 1840s might give a clue. Click the following link to download the Word file swaledale-pottery-kilns  and read more.

Roman Villa near Bedale

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Next Tuesday, 10th January 2017, Jenny Proctor of Pre-Construct Archaeology will give a talk in the Buck Hotel, Reeth, 7pm, about the Roman Villa at Aiskew, near Bedale, discovered during construction of the Bedale by-pass. All are welcome.