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History of the Society

Scarborough & District Archaeological Society/Scarborough Archaeological & Historical Society Timeline

1938 T L Gwatkin, curator of the Museum, sets up a volunteer field team who excavate several sites in the district
1939-45 WWII intervenes
20 June 1947 Scarborough & District Archaeological Society formed at a meeting at Rotunda. T L Gwatkin the first Secretary
18 Sept 1947 First public meeting of the new Society – 80 people attend
1947 Long campaign of excavations at Crossgates Romano-British & Anglian site commence
1948 John Moore discovers a dense concentration of Early Mesolithic flint – the Flixton Island site
1949 The first of three years of excavation at Star Carr by Dr Grahame Clark
5 Feb 1951 First Social event At Home at Rowntrees Café, Westborough – 50 attend
1951 Lake Flixton: a late glacial structure published
1953 Excavations start on Great Ayton Moor, finish 1960
1956 Work at Osgodby DMV. Also 1963/64 and 1965
1957 Excavations start on Levisham Moor, finish 1965
1957 Publication of first Transactions
1958 Excavations at Ayton Castle start
1958 Excavations at Crossgates near Scarborough 1947-56 published. Research Report 1
1961 The Deserted Medieval Village of Hatterboard published
1961 The Medieval Pottery in the Scarborough Museum published
1964 Wade’s Causeway: A Roman road in N-E Yorkshire published
1966 Scarborough 966-1966 published
1967 The chambered cairn and adjacent monuments on Great Ayton moor published
1967 Ayton Castle: its history and excavation published
1972 Cruck framed buildings in Ryedale & Eskdale published
1973 Excavations at the Balmoral Hotel site
1974 SDAS name changed to Scarborough Archaeological & Historical Society
1974 Rosedale Mines & Railway published
1976 Local History Booklet 1 published. Scarborough Harbour & Borough
1976 Eastborough/West Sandgate excavation
Dec 1986 Excavations start at East Sandgate. Start of long campaign of urban fieldwork
1988 The history of Ravenscar & Staintondale published
1988 Major fieldwork project at Paradise estate starts
1988 Town ditch discovered at Leading Post street
1990 Society wins Pitt-Rivers award of British Archaeological Awards
1991 Peasholm Fort
1992 Major fieldwork programme at Saltwick alum works
1994 Saltwick alum works: an archaeological interpretation published
1995 Society wins AIA Award for Fieldwork for outstanding fieldwork project – Saltwick Alum Works
1996 Major excavation project at Springfield. Finished 1998
2000 Society runner up in Pitt-Rivers award of British Archaeological Awards
2001 Medieval Scarborough: studies in trade& civic life published jointly with YAS
2002 The two year Community Heritage Initiative funded by the HLF starts
2002 web site
May 2003 Building recording project with NY Vernacular Buildings Study Group
2003 A Guide to Historic Scarborough published
2005 The archaeology of medieval Scarborough published
2008 Trods of the North York Moors published
2008 Excavation at Marine Engineers site –former alignment of the quay discovered
2008 Excavations on Seamer Moor start. Finish 2010

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2015 Society works in conjuction with High Wolds Heritage Group on excavations at Hanging Grimston




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