Community Projects

  • Charting Chipeling +

    Charting Chipeling was a Heritage Lottery-funded project delivered by Solstice working with the Kiplin Trust, curators of the fantastic Kiplin Hall near the River Swale in North Yorkshire. Kiplin Hall sits in a landscape rich in archaeological remains dating from the times of the early hunter-gatherers through to the monastic grange which predated the construction of the well-known Jacobean hall. The project involved local community volunteers, students and schoolchildren taking part in a wide variety of archaeological and historic building recording activities. Solstice's Jim Brightman was the Lead Archaeologist on the project working with Dr Emma Wells of the EJW Heritage Consultancy, laser scanning specialist Michael Lobb, and a team of field archaeologists including lithic specialist Spencer Carter.

    More information can be found on the project website at www.chartingchipeling.co.uk

  • Roads to the Past +

    Solstice are very happy to be working with the Thornton le Street History Group to deliver a fascinating Heritage Lottery-funded project exploring the archaeology and history of the area around the village and the wider Vale of Mowbray in North Yorkshire. Project events include training workshops in all aspects of heritage workshop, excavations and test-pitting in the village and at exciting medieval sites in the surrounding area, archive research and wider survey and fieldwalking. 

    To get involved in this project, please visit the project website at www.thorntonlestreetbigdig.com

  • Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership +

    Since 2015, Solstice have been working with the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership to support the delivery of various projects and volunteer training initatives to investigate the multi-period archaeology of Upper Nidderdale in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We have provided training in landscape and earthwork survey, and in the applications of the open-source software QGIS to archaeology. Most excitingly we have lead excavations on four separate sites around Upper Nidderdale, working closely with the Iron Age Nidderdale community group under the banner of the Our Farm Heritage project. The investigations of the Lost Village of Lodge were undertaken in summer 2016, and the results can be found here. Through 2017, we have been working on a series of late prehistoric and Romano-British sites in Nidderdale, and we hope to publish the results of these fascinating excavations soon! 

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