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Here are some of the arrangements and details to enable you to come along and join the fieldschool, and to get the most out of the experience.

This page will be update regularly so please check back occasionally to stay up to date.

If you have any questions not answered on this page please email us at info@mercian-as.co.uk


Start and finish times

Directions to site

Getting to site by Car

Getting to site by Bus

Getting to the area by Train

Lifts to site during fieldschool

What to bring

What to wear

Dietary Requirements

Archaeological Skills Passport

Health and Safety

Accommodation

Local Amenities

Background Reading



Start and finish times:


Monday 9:30 - 17:00

Tuesday 9:30 - 17:00 (optional evening walk* 17:30 - 20:30. If you are staying in accommodation you will need to inform them you will be wishing to eat late on this evening- or bring some food with you as we will leave for the walk straight from site).

Wednesday 9:30 - 17:00

Thursday 9:30 - 17:00 (optional evening tour* (location to be confirmed 17:30 - 21:00. If you are staying in accommodation you will need to inform them you will be wishing to eat late on this evening- or bring some food with you as we will leave for the walk straight from site).

Friday 9:30 - 17:00


(Please note evening finish times are guides for those arranging lifts and pick ups from friends and parents and are flexible):


*Evening tours



PLEASE NOTE: *Parents and friends are welcome to attend the evening tours*


We positively encourage friends and family of attendees especially if they are staying locally to attend our evening tours. It is a great way for people to meet each other, to meet us, and also can help to give everyone a fuller experience of the area and join in with the week.


Please be aware the first morning will be a slower start and will include:


Welcome coffees and teas,

Paperwork, signing in risk assessment and inductions,

Introductory presentations,

Site tour,

and much more.


There will be lunch provided everyday at 12:30.



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Directions:



The site is located at the southern end of the village of Bainbride, Wensleydale, Aysgarth, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire, North Yorkshire.


The nearest Postcode for satnav is DL8 3AJ.


The village of Bainbridge. Click here on the image to open a Google map of the location.















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Bainbridge and surrounding villages/towns. Click here on the image to open a Google map of the location.













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Details regarding the location of the site and how to enter the field etc will be sent out to people who have booked onto the course nearer the time of the excavation, for reasons of site security. The site is 2 or 3 minutes walk from the centre of Bainbridge.


Parking will be in the field entrance.




By Car:



From the A1 Junction Leeming Bar Services (from the eastern end of Wensleydale)


Click here for directions.



From the A1 Junction Scotch Corner Services  (from the eastern end of Wensleydale)


Click here for directions (shortest route).



From M6 Junction 37 Sedbergh (from western end of Wensleydale)


Click here for directions (shortest route).




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By Bus:


Information regarding local buses can be found here

For those wishing to use trains and buses


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By Train:


For those wishing to use trains and buses



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Lifts to site during field school:


If you have travelled to your accommodation and have no transport to site we can offer lifts if you are staying within 3 miles of site.


Please contact us for more information via email or to discuss outside this distance.



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What to wear:


Please bring suitable clothing, sturdy footwear, a hat and sun cream, water-proof clothing and warm clothes- we are not sure what the weather will do!



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What to Bring:


Please bring any tools you wish to use, but all equipment will be provided. If you wish to bring your own trowel (orinvest in your first one) we recommend a 4 inch archaeology trowel- you can buy them online.

Please also bring a note book and pen/pencil. For drawing please bring a 4H pencil if you can find one for drawing, eraser etc.



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Skills Passport:



You may also wish to get a skills passport which you can get filled in at the end of the week:


http://www.archaeologyskills.co.uk/




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Dietary Requirements:



Please let us know if you haven't already whether you have any dietary requirements eg vegetarian, (including allergies), so we can inform our caterers.


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Health and Safety:



At Mercian we take Health and Safety very seriously.

A copy of the Risk Assessment for the Field school will be available online soon. Please ensure that you read this and inform us that you have done so via email at info@mercian-as.co.uk before attending the course (we will email people to remind them).

We will also go through the risk assessment on arrival to ensure everyone has read and understood, and there will be site talks and tool box talks before you enter the site.

Reading the Risk Assessment in advance and familiarising yourself with it will enable a smooth induction on the first morning.


Below is an example Risk Assessment, please click on the link below if you wish to have a look.


http://www.mercian-as.co.uk/pdf/field_school_example_ra_2018v1_1.pdf









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Accommodation:


Mercian do not recommend accommodation for the field school and cannot be held responsible for any accommodation booked in order to attend the field school. The following places are examples of what is available in the local area and should not be seen as an endorsement or recommendation by Mercian. The details of accommodation and amenities provided below is by no means a comprehensive list please use the searches provided for more places to stay.


We do recommend for logistical purposes that you consider staying close to the site.


A search for accommodation online in Bainbridge, Askrigg, or Hawes will provide links to a wide variety of accommodation types ranging from camping to hotels and BnBs to Pubs, Guesthouses, YHA youth hostel (Hawes).


Location of Bainbridge and surrounding towns/villages














Camping:


Click here for a Google search for camping in or near Bainbridge.


Some suggestions:

Bainbridge Ings Caravan & Campsite Trip Advisor Link

Askrigg Camping https://askrigg-camping.com/

Wensleydale Campsites https://www.dalesactive.co.uk/wensleydalecampsites.html


Click here for a Google search for Accommodation in Bainbridge


Some suggestions:

Low Mill Guest house, Bainbridge http://www.lowmillguesthouse.co.uk/

Yorebridge House https://www.yorebridgehouse.co.uk

Hazel’s Roost Bed and Breakfast, Bainbridge http://www.lowmillguesthouse.co.uk/

Rose and Crown Hotel, Bainbridge http://www.theprideofwensleydale.co.uk/

The Wheatsheaf Inn, Carperby https://www.wheatsheafinwensleydale.co.uk/


Click here for a Google search for Accommodation in Askrigg


Some suggestions:

Kings Arms Hotel, Askrigg https://www.yorkshire.com/view/food-and-drink/askrigg/the-kings-arms-1450629

Milton House Bed and Breakfast, Askrigg https://www.miltonhousebandb.co.uk/

The White Rose, Askrigg https://www.thewhiterosehotelaskrigg.co.uk/

Stoney End, Askrigg http://www.stoneyend.co.uk/



Click here for a Google search for Accommodation in Hawes (local town with supermarkets, shops, pubs, restaurants).


Some suggestions:

The Board Inn, hawes http://www.theboardinn.co.uk/

YHA, Hawes https://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/yha-hawes

Fountain Hotel, Hawes http://www.fountainhawes.co.uk/

Stonehouse Hotel, Hawes https://www.stonehousehotel.co.uk/

Cockett’s Hotel, Hawes http://www.cocketts.co.uk/

Bulls Head Guest House, Hawes https://bullsheadhotelhawe.wixsite.com/mysite

White Hart Country Inn, Hawes http://www.whitehartcountryinn.co.uk/

The Crown Hotel, Hawes https://www.thecrownhawes.com/

Simonstone Hall Hotel, Hawes http://simonstonehall.com/



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Local Amenities The following places are examples of what is available in the local area and should not be seen as an endorsement or recommendation by Mercian, the details of amenities provided below is by no means a comprehensive list please use the searches provided for more places to eat and drink:


Pubs/ Restaurants: (see above list of Inn and hotels under accommodation, and also further information below)


Bainbridge:


Click here for Tip Advisor ‘Restaurants in Bainbridge’ https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurants-g1062542-Bainbridge_Yorkshire_Dales_National_Park_North_Yorkshire_England.html


Some suggestions:

Rose and Crown Hotel, Bainbridge http://www.theprideofwensleydale.co.uk/

Yorebridge House https://www.yorebridgehouse.co.uk


Hawes:


Click here for Tip Advisor ‘Restaurants in Hawes’ https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurants-g504001-Hawes_Yorkshire_Dales_National_Park_North_Yorkshire_England.html


Some suggestions:

The White Hart Country Inn, Hawes. http://www.whitehartcountryinn.co.uk

The Crown Inn, Hawes.  https://www.thecrownhawes.com


Askrigg:


Click here for Tip Advisor ‘Restaurants in Bainbridge’ https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurants-g616270-Askrigg_Yorkshire_Dales_National_Park_North_Yorkshire_England.html


Some suggestions:

The Crown Inn http://www.crowninnaskrigg.co.uk/

The King’s Arms https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g616270-d1516356-Reviews-The_Kings_Arms-Askrigg_Yorkshire_Dales_National_Park_North_Yorkshire_England.html



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Background Reading:


A great starting point for information on the area around Bainbridge is the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority Archaeology webpage:

http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/living-and-working/historic-buildings/archaeology


A further fantastic resource relating to Bainbridge and the wider landscape is the ”Out of Oblivion - A Landscape through time” website.

This site is based on the Historic Environment Record (HER) maintained by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

The aim is to “increase your enjoyment of the Yorkshire Dales and to help you understand more about the unique cultural landscape of the area created through the interactions of people and nature over thousands of years”.

http://www.outofoblivion.org.uk



Books:


Anyone wishing to undertake background reading before attending the Fieldschool may wish to have a look at the following literature on archaeological practice:



Archaeological resource management in the UK: an introduction (John Hunter and Ian Ralston)


Field archaeology: an introduction (Peter Drewett)


Archaeology: an introduction (Kevin Greene)


Techniques of Archaeological Excavation (Philip A, Barker)


Archaeology: theory, methods and practice (Colin Renfrew and Paul Bahn)


Digging up the past: an introduction to archaeological excavation  (John Collis)


Archaeology, the basics (Clive Gamble)


Doing archaeology (Donald Henderson)


Archaeological site manual, 3rd ed (MOLA) – free download





You can stay up to date with goings on at Mercian via our social media websites at:



http://www.facebook.com/Mercianarch

http://twitter.com/MercianArch



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