Before Bedale

Archaeological excavations along the route of the Bedale, Aiskew and Leeming Bar Bypass

John Shepherd, James Gerrard, Sally Gerrard, Jennifer Proctor, Kevin Rielly, Berni Sudds, 2021.

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ISBN 978-1999615574


The construction of a new road, bypassing Bedale, Aiskew and Leeming Bar, in 2015 provided the opportunity for archaeological excavation of two key sites. The earliest of these was an Iron Age settlement, surrounded by a large enclosure ditch. Later, a Roman villa was constructed around 1km to the north. Both sites are interesting in their own right, but intriguingly there was evidence for a routeway connecting the two – a precursor of the modern bypass constructed in 2015.

This book tells the story of those sites, their discovery and excavation and the archaeological work that has gone into reconstructing the lives of the earlier communities that occupied Bedale and Aiskew.

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