Location: Malham
Dates: 3-15 July 2017
Cost: Free
Age: 18+
Training / Experience: Some experience preferred, although basic training will be provided
Accommodation: Not included. Available locally.
Organization: Malham Chapel Dig 2017
Name: Dr Victoria Spence
Email: [email protected]


Malham Chapel Dig 2016 (Photo with the kind permission of Alice Cummings, Malham)

Would you like to have the opportunity to dig on the site of an early-medieval chapel in the beautiful surroundings of the Yorkshire Dales?  In 2015 and 2016 the ancient chapel of St Helen in Malham, near Skipton, was excavated by Mark Roberts and his students at UCL. To date excavations have confirmed the location of the chapel and corroborated the documentary evidence as to how the chapel was destroyed by the Edwardian chantry commissioners in 1549 and its lead roof removed and melted down for export.  Finds have included medieval pottery sherds, lead window cames, medieval glass, painted plaster, and both human and animal bones.

This year there will be a dig on the site during July with Ingleborough Archaeology Group. Excavation will include investigating the chapel further, as well as other structures on the site. If you would like the opportunity to excavate this historic site come and join the project during July 2017. Volunteers, aged 18+, who have had experience of fieldwork are preferred, although some training will be given. Accommodation is not provided. However, there are two pubs in the village, B&Bs, and holiday cottages, as well as campsites nearby.

Malham Chapel Dig 2016:

Project Leader: Dr David Johnson

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