What we do

Altogether Archaeology fieldwork

Altogether Archaeology fieldwork

Altogether Archaeology project volunteers completed much fascinating fieldwork throughout the North Pennines. Reports are available on the Altogether Archaeology website – https://altogetherarchaeology.org/reports.php

Early farmers – the Neolithic

Investigations of 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

Round cairns and round houses – the Bronze Age

Investigations of Bronze Age (c2,400-700BC) sites and landscapes throughout the North Pennines.

  • Brackenber Rigg, Appleby
  • Kirkhaugh Cairns, Alston

The Maiden Way Roman road

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.

  • Epiacum (Whitley Castle) Roman fort
  • Kirkby Thore, Roman road

The Missing Centuries

Looking at 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

Holwick, Upper Teesdale

Looking at the fascinating multi-period archaeological landscape at Holwick, near Middleton in Teesdale.

  • Holwick archaeological survey

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.

  • Muggleswick Grange
  • Westgate Castle, Weardale

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.

  • The Allen Valleys
  • Hexhamshire

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

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.

  • Dukesfield Smeltmill, Hexhamshire.
  • Killhope Buddle House, Weardale
  • Shildon Little Engine House, Blanchland
  • Dukesfield Smeltmill, Hexhamshire

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