Prehistory in Nidderdale

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Prehistoric Features in and around Niddderdale

This site offers a review of prehistoric features encountered by the Iron-Age (Nidderdale) Community Archaeology Group in their work during the period 2004 to 2015. In some cases features had been initially located through work in other community groups, one example being a number of iron working features that were initially observed by members of the Dacre Pasture Group and another being Mansion Knoll which is a landscape feature that has attracted attention for many decades.

The investigative process is complex and it develops through formal group projects and individual research activities. Some definitive conclusions can be reached often on the basis of scientific analysies such as carbon dating and dendrochronology but in many cases individual opinions are based on experience and intuition that has been developed by real life experiences and refined by interaction within the group. It is by analysing differing theories that new insights occur and firm conclusions are developed and this has generally been the way in which the group has operated in the field and in research activities

Between 2015 and 2018, a formal funded project entitled Prehistoric Nidderdale was carried out by Iron-Age (Nidderdale) as a part of a wide ranging Landscape Partnership Scheme. Information on this project is available at


Mansion Knoll, Dacre


Prehistoric Iron Smelting Site at Dacre