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Durham University

Department of Archaeology

All Research Projects

Newcastle upon Tyne, The Eye of the North: An Archaeological Assessment

A research project of the Department of Archaeology.


This project is a synthesis and new analysis of the archaeology of the historic core of Newcastle upon Tyne, from prehistory to the mid-17th century, created in collaboration with Mr David Heslop, County Archaeologist for Tyne & Wear. Born out of the English Heritage-funded Urban Archaeological Assessment initiative, the project researched, collated and critically synthesised material from archaeological interventions, documentary and pictorial records. It has resulted in new interpretations of periods, sites and communities in the town’s past, and set in its European context. The project has been published as: Graves, C.P. and Heslop, D. 2013. Newcastle upon Tyne, The Eye of the North: An Archaeological Assessment, Oxford: Oxbow Books. This document will inform the archaeological assessment of all future planning applications in the historic core of the modern city.

This completed project has led to one further project in progress (North Sea Capital), and another in preparation (Coal, Community and Capitalism). 


Newcastle City Council; (former) Tyne & Wear Development Corporation; Tyne & Wear Archaeology & Historic Environment Development Management; English Heritage; AHRC

Published Results

Authored book

  • Graves, C. P. & Heslop, D. (2013). Newcastle upon Tyne, The Eye of the North: An Archaeological Assessment. Oxbow Books.


From the Department of Archaeology

Scottish Soldiers Project

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