The project is undertaking much fascinating fieldwork!
Altogether Archaeology project volunteers have completed much fascinating fieldwork throughout the North Pennines. For brief summaries of individual fieldwork projects (including those completed during the 2011-12 pilot phase), please use the links below, which are set out here by reference to the main AA fieldwork module to which they relate (note: some projects relate to more than one module). Further pages will be added as more work is completed. Comprehensive reports on all project work will eventually be downloadable from these pages.
Module 1. Early Farmers. The Neolithic.
This module will complete a range of fieldwork to investigate Neolithic (c4,000-2,000BC) sites and landscapes throughout the North Pennines.
- Dyburn ‘henge’, Garrigill, excavation
- Long Meg stone circle, survey
- Tortie Stone, Hallbankgate, excavation
Module 2. Round cairns and round houses. The Bronze Age.
This module will complete a range of fieldwork to investigate Bronze Age (c2,400-700BC) sites and landscapes throughout the North Pennines.
Module 3. The Maiden Way Roman road.
This module aims to complete a survey of the line of the Maiden Way over the wilds of the North Pennines from Kirkby Thore in the south, past Whitley Castle (Alston) to Carvoran on Hadrian’s Wall.
Module 4. The Missing Centuries.
This module includes a range of initiatives aimed at improving our understanding of the North Pennines throughout Anglo-Saxon and Viking times, a period about which we currently know little.
- The Chapel of Saint Botolph, Frosterley
- Placenames survey
Module 5. Holwick, Upper Teesdale.
This module is designed to further our understanding of the fascinating multi-period archaeological landscape at Holwick, near Middleton in Teesdale.
Module 6. Medieval Forests and Parks.
In medieval times, following 1066, vast tracts of the North Pennines were managed as hunting forests. In later medieval times, smaller areas were designated as hunting parks. This module aims to map these forests and parks, and investigate particular aspects of them.
Module 7. Allen Valleys and Hexhamshire landscape surveys.
Using modern techniques, including lidar and aerial photography, volunteers will produce accurate archaeological surveys of some 300 sq kms of the previously unrecorded landscapes of Hexhamshire and the Allen Valleys, leading to detailed analysis of particularly interesting areas.
Module 8. North of the Wall.
Working in partnership with the Northumberland National Park Authority, volunteers will complete a range of fieldwork projects to survey and investigate aspects of the little-studied landscapes north of Hadrian’s Wall.
- Ravensheugh landscape survey
- Standingstones Rigg survey
- Hadrian’s Wall milecastles project
Module 9. Industrial archaeology.
The post-medieval industrial heritage of the North Pennines is of international importance. This module includes small-scale survey and excavation projects at important industrial sites.