View of Townhead stackgarths, Askrigg MYD36665 (c) YDNPA, 2023
Field archaeologists have surveyed a complex of earthworks in the fields around Town Head, Askrigg and discovered evidence for a series of stackgarths. These were raised platforms where straw and corn could be stored around the edges of the fields where the crops were grown. The archaeologists suggested that the Askrigg examples are post-Medieval in date. Some of the stackgarths are closely spaced and run in lines down the hill. Others are randomly spaced around a small stone field barn, which may have replaced them.
Townhead stackgarths, Askrigg MYD36665 (c) YDNPA, 2023
Moorhouse, Stephen (2003) ‘The anatomy of the Yorkshire Dales: deciphering the medieval landscape’ in Manby, T G et al (eds) (2003) The Archaeology of Yorkshire: an assessment at the beginning of the 21st century. Yorkshire Archaeological Society Occasional Paper No 3 pp298-362