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You might for forgiven for thinking that as we are a brand new organisation, not much will be going on in 2015 - if so, you would be very wrong! This page will be updated as new sites and projects are identified, but here is the list as it stands. Please note, that except where the location a site is already in the public domain, we will never publish sufficient detail on this page that would allow a site to be identified, to protect it from potential theft of artefacts and irreversible damage to the site. We apologise if some of the site descriptions seem very vague!

RRRA members can usually participate in any of our fieldwork without any charge (although numbers may sometimes be lmited), and will be covered by our own insurance. A small charge may apply to non-members.


 Co. Durham

A possible Roman site has been identified from LiDAR imagery in the far south of the county, and permission for geophysical survey is currently being sought.

 Lancashire

Ribble Valley

A non-RRRA excavation is planned on what appears to be a substantial Roman road cutting on the road from Ribchester to Ilkley. If confirmed, this will establish a minor deviation from the accepted route, and will give a rare opportunity to examine the engineering of Roman road cuttings. Places on the excavation may be available to RRRA members - further details in due course.

 Yorkshire

Hambleton District

A probable Roman fort site has been identified in Hambleton District, North Yorkshire, and the landowner has already granted permission to conduct a geophysical survey of the site. The site is currently beneath Winter wheat (December 2014), and soil conditions (heavy clay) make it unlikely that we will now be able to gain access until harvest (early August) with just a slim chance of late winter/early spring if the soil dries out a bit. Resistivity, Magnetometry and fieldwalking are planned.

Harrogate District

Further work is planned on Margary 720b (Roman road from Ilkley to Aldborough), including geophysical survey near Ripley to attempt to determine the alignment of the road towards Aldborough and identify the crossing point of Ripley Beck.

Permission has been granted for geophysical survey and trial trenching near Hampsthwaite to confirm the line of Margary 720b heading towards the River Nidd.

RRRA have been invited to excavate a short length of surviving agger on Margary 720b near Kettlesing. The rise of the agger is quite shallow, suggesting the surface may be ploughed out, but the interesting feature is the extreme width of the agger, approximately 19m, suggestive of multiple phases.


Other Potential Fieldwork

In addition to the work listed above, the pilot for the Yorkshire Roman Roads Project aims to identify further sites for investigation along the line of what antiquarians referred to as Ricknild Street, from Rotherham north to Boroughbridge, which RRRA members and non-members alike will be welcome to participate in. For further details of the project, follow the link.