An amazing historic landscape!
Between January and May 2011, a group of Altogether Archaeology volunteers, in partnership with Natural England and Strathmore Estates, completed a fascinating survey of a previously unexplored landscape around Holwick, near High Force in Upper Teesdale. This work formed module 6 of the Altogether Archaeology pilot project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Natural England and English Heritage.
We know from occasional finds of flint tools and other objects that people have lived in this part of Upper Teesdale for the best part of 10,000 years. Evidence of activity over recent centuries is clearly visible in the ancient field patterns and old mining remains. This project sought to record all visible evidence of past human activity in the landscape and to build a GIS model of the complex, multi-period archaeological landscape.
Under the inspired guidance of Jamie Quartermaine and Pete Schofield of Oxford Archaeology North, a group of 50 volunteers walked every inch of the four square kilometre project area, recording all ‘humps and bumps’ and other features of potential interest. They also used aerial photography, LIDAR imagery, and historic documents held at Durham Records Office to build up something of a picture of the changing landscape and the people who have lived in it over the past 10,000 years. Details of medieval settlements and extensive fieldsystems are of particular interest. The results will be vital to future land management here, and will hopefully also form a basis for more detailed archaeological investigation, including excavation of some sites.
A link to the full project report will be available here shortly.
For further information about this work, or any other aspect of the Altogether Archaeology project, please contact the Project Manager, Paul Frodsham: firstname.lastname@example.org