Beneath Our Feet
Come and see some of the most recent archaeological discoveries in County Durham and learn about how archaeology is organised in the region.
Beneath our Feet showcases the work of both amateur and professional archaeologists and has been jointly curated by Durham University’s Museum of Archaeology and Durham County Council’s Archaeology Section.
David Mason, Principal Archaeologist at Durham County Council said: “This exciting exhibition will allow local people their first chance to see many of the treasures revealed by recent archaeological work in the region.
“From Roman treasures to the rubbish from Durham City backyards, the exhibition throws fresh light on the lives and times of our ancestors in County Durham.”
The sites featured include an Iron Age settlement at Great Chilton, Binchester Roman Fort (recently described as the ‘Pompeii of the North’!) and an Anglo-Scandinavian cemetery at Seaham.
Recent finds will also help to tell the story of the medieval ‘castle’ at Westgate which was actually a fortified hunting-lodge of the Prince Bishops, and reveal what was going on behind the buildings on Durham’s South Bailey .
The exhibition highlights the achievements of a number of ‘community archaeology’ projects which have enabled local people to get directly involved in the investigation of their past. Several of these were initiated by Durham County Council’s Archaeology Section and the exhibition also explains how the County’s archaeologists work to protect, records and interpret our rich archaeological heritage.
Community groups who are interested in working with the museum team to create future displays are encouraged to get in touch. To find out more see the Museum of Archaeology website at www.durham.ac.uk/archaeology.museum or email email@example.com