Excavation of Old Gayle Lane earthwork 1978-79 MYD3864 (c) YDNPA, 2023
A rescue excavation was carried out on this site in 1978-79. It consists of a sub-rectangular enclosure, possibly of Anglo-Saxon date. The enclosure was defined by an earth and stone bank with an outer ditch. The outer side of the enclosure bank was revetted with drystone walling. Inside was an oval building of boulders, probably a temporary shelter, then later, a Medieval barn. To the south are the remains of a late Iron Age or Romano-British field system consisting of small rectangular fields.
Turnbull, Percivall (1986) ‘Gayle Lane Earthwork, Wensleydale’ in Manby, T & Turnbull, P (eds) (1986) Archaeology in the Pennines. Oxford: BAR British Series 158 pp205-211