Grassington’s Ancient Heritage Project
During this three-year project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund we looked in detail at two areas, one on the edge of Grassington and the other on the northern edge of the parish remote from modern development. Volunteers helped with topographical and geophysical surveys which recorded features in detail for the first time, and suggested new interpretations for this ancient landscape. We were also able to test a technique called Optically Stimulated Luminescence Dating (OSL) which produced interesting results that show great potential for future studies.
During the winter months volunteers compiled a detailed descriptive catalogue of a small sample of worked stone from surface finds in the fields north of Grassington. The sample is part of an extensive collection compiled by John and Bob Richardson which is housed in the Craven Museum, Skipton. Flint-knapping expert Karl Lee ran a fascinating workshop which introduced us to the techniques used in producing flint tools.