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Department of Archaeology: Archaeological Services

Community archaeology

Archaeological Services engages in an extensive programme of community projects and outreach activity in the north-east of England. We aim to connect local communities with professional archaeologists, and create opportunities for people to get involved and receive training in practical archaeology.

We have conducted and funded a wide range of community projects, often in partnership with other organisations. These have included archaeological excavations and geophysical surveys in County Durham, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Cumbria and North Yorkshire. Our work forms part of our commitment to Sharing Expertise in North East England.

Some of the recent projects we have conducted include:

Local volunteers on the Binchester International Field School

The Binchester International Field School

See project blog

Local school children at the Great Chilton excavation

Geophysical survey and excavation of a later prehistoric settlement at Great Chilton,
County Durham

Local volunteers surveying ridge and furrow with a GPS

Survey and investigation of medieval ridge and furrow at several sites across the
north-east of England

The North Pennines AONB's Altogether Archaeology project (largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund) brings together professional archaeologists and volunteers to focus research on the historic environment of the North Pennines. Our projects with Altogether Archaeology have included:

Local volunteers at the Frosterley excavation

Survey and excavation of a medieval chapel in Frosterley, Weardale

Geophysical and topographic survey at Kirkhaugh

A prehistoric cairn at Kirkhaugh in Northumberland

Local volunteers undertaking geophysical survey along Hadrian's Wall

Surveys examining the milecastles along Hadrian’s Wall

Volunteers at Hadrian's Wall

The excavation at Dryburn

Excavation of a mysterious Bronze Age enclosure at Dryburn, near Alston

Local volunteers at the Westgate excavation

Excavation of a medieval castle at Westgate, County Durham

Local volunteers undertaking geophysical survey at Long Meg & Her Daughters

Geophysical and topographic surveys at Long Meg stone circle in Cumbria, followed by excavation

Local volunteers at the Long Meg excavation

For further information contact:

Peter Carne
Archaeological Services
Durham University
Green Lane
tel 0191 334 1121
fax 0191 334 1126

'The Geordie God' sculpture found at the Binchester excavation which was reported on in the media worldwide

Early Christian ring found at Binchester

A volunteer is shown how to use a GPS at Great Chilton

Medieval stone head found at the Frosterley excavation

Part of an Early Medieval stone cross from the Frosterley excavation

Part of a Frosterley marble font

Volunteers recording at the Westgate excavation

Medieval staircase discovered at Westgate

A volunteer at Long Meg