April 2011 - An archaeological and historical study of the shell grotto in Widerness Back, Skipton. The Project is undertaken by the Upper Wharfedale Heritage Group under the direction of Susan Wrathmell, BA, MA, IHBC on behalf of the Friends of the Wilderness (a local voluntary body undertaking maintenance and restoration, supported by Skipton Town Council).
Thursday, 14 April 2011
3. Wednesday 13th April 2011
On day 3, we were still digging. The UWHG diggers spent the day trowelling in a cosy little foursome within the tiny half segment of the grotto interior.
The huge number of glass sherds littering the top soil for several centimetres depth meant we couldn't just bag up the top soil for re-use later without first sifting through to take out as much of the glass as we could. In this process we also collected the grand total of 8p in coinage from the 1970s, an old Dime bar wrapper, a party popper and some knicker elastic!! Ah, if only the walls could talk....