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South Ainsty Archaeological Society (SAAS)

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South Ainsty Archaeological Society (SAAS)


The group was formed in 2004 to promote interest in the archaeology and local history of the area roughly southwest of York within a triangle bounded by the A64 and the rivers Ouse and Wharfe.


Currently our energies are focused on the excavations at the Knights Templar field in Copmanthorpe which is the subject of a dig co-ordinated by professional archaeologists Chris Fenton-Thomas (of ‘On Site Archaeology’) and Catrina Appleby (our Chairperson). We are as confident as we can be from our interpretation of old documents and aerial photos that the area under excavation is the site of the order’s preceptory which would have functioned as a large farm. However, the initial purpose of the dig is to establish if this area is indeed the site. We hope to find some evidence of stone buildings, ditches, enclosures and (Medieval) rubbish pits. 


Our normal programme includes lectures, meetings and visits; and we are also keen to develop activities to complement our archaeological work, especially a project in oral history.


For more details contact John Lister on  01904 744618 or visit their website.



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