The archaeological story of the Yorkshire Wolds is one of the most outstanding in Britain for its quality and richness.

People have lived and farmed the area for thousands of years. They have left behind many prehistoric monuments, settlements, chariot burials, Roman villas, deserted medieval villages and Anglian cemeteries. The quality of these sites can compete with any in the country for richness and importance.

Yet few people outside of the area know of their significance and fewer still visit them. The cultural heritage of the Wolds is so far untapped and has yet to contribute to the tourism and rural economic activity of the area as it could. The busy and successful farms producing food in the area today are home to many unseen archaeological sites buried beneath the soil.

York Archaeological Trust is working with Historic England and partners to learn where to focus activity and resources to develop the archaeological heritage of this unique landscape.

The Food For Thought project is a conversation about the past and future investigation of the outstanding archaeology of the Wolds. It is an opportunity for us all to learn more about archaeological discoveries made so far and to inspire the curiosity needed to find out more.

This is a chance for people to shape the resulting Historic England policies and plans that will help us all to protect and preserve the outstanding archaeological heritage of the Wolds.

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Oral History

We are interviewing everybody who has a story to tell about food production in the Yorkshire Wolds.

If you would like to be involved in the project or would like to be interviewed by our staff and volunteers to tell your story, email

Photo Competition

As part of Food for Thought we are running a Yorkshire Wolds themed photography competition, to showcase your photography to the community. Your pictures can be anything from the landscapes around you to the very food on your plates, as long they’re taken in the Yorkshire Wolds!

To take part, share your pictures with us on social media using #YorkshireWoldsHeritage or email them to us at


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