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Holwick Survey - Update
 
Our survey of the Well Head settlement at Holwick, Upper Teesdale was completed successfully on Saturday 20th May. Our teams of surveyors worked extremely hard over a total of six days and did a fantastic job. A good time was had by all and we also learned a great deal about archaeological survey techniques along the way. We will now take a little time to process the results and consider our plans for the next stage of the investigation of this fascinating and complex settlement site. There is much more work to do here.

Huge thanks are due to Martin, Stephen and Tony for their very efficient organisation of the survey. Our thanks also go to Pete Schofield who travelled over to Holwick from Lancaster on his day off to take aerial photographs the site with a drone. We are extremely grateful to Strathmore Estates and Andrew Robinson for kindly granting us access to the site. Anthony and Selina of the Strathmore Arms provided much good hospitality during the week and also allowed us to use the loos at the pub, for which courtesy many of us were grateful!

We enjoyed meeting all the people who came along to talk to us about what we were doing or joined one of Tony's guided walks to look at other archaeological sites in the vicinity. We hope to see you again soon. Finally a big thank you to all the AA members who took part in the survey across the week. Your hard work really paid off.
 
Some of our surveyors at work One building lies beneath the head dyke wall
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Centre of survey site viewed by drone camera Glacial drumlins dominate the Holwick landscape
News Record: 26     Updated: 22-05-2017 17:30:05


Holwick Fieldwork (May 2017)
 
The Holwick Fieldwork starts on Sunday 14th May until Saturday 20th May (not Tuesday 16th). Come and join us to learn how to do GPS survey and traditional survey techniques. When the survey is completed we will identify potential sites for excavation later in the year. There will also be an opportunity to walk around some of the other archaeological sites in the area.

Please contact Tony Metcalfe altogetherarchaeology@gmail.com to book your place

We will be undertaking a detailed survey of the Well Head settlement. This was the most complex settlement identified during Altogether Archaeology's 2011 survey of 2.35 square km of in-bye lands surrounding the village of Holwick in Teesdale. The settlement appears to be a deserted medieval hamlet located 250m south east of the present day village.

This is a welcome return to Holwick for AA as it gives us the opportunity to study in further detail an apparently well-preserved medieval site. We are grateful to the landowner and tenant farmer who have kindly granted us access to the site, and to the Strathmore Arms for hospitality and support.
 
Part of the field to be surveyed at Holwick This could be very interesting
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Holwick Survey (Upper Teesdale) 2011 Report - can be downloaded from our Reports page
News Record: 25     Updated: 14-05-2017 15:32:21


Archaeology of Bollihope Common - April 9th
 
Our first walk of the year was blessed with unbroken spring sunshine. This was fortunate as we were out in the uplands of Weardale, County Durham, to explore the archaeology of Bollihope Common with Dr Rob Young. Rob surveyed and excavated in this landscape for over 10 years with students from Newcastle University and community volunteers.

What this extensive study revealed was an upland area busy with human activity from the mesolithic through the Roman period and into the middle ages and beyond. We visited dwellings, medieval shielings, stock enclosures and a complex of early industrial sites for the smelting of both lead and iron. It was fascinating to discuss the physical evidence that this quiet, sheep-grazed moor had for centuries been the scene of intense exploitation.

Few upland landscapes in northern England can match the the archaeological richness and diversity of Bollihope Common. This and a first-rate guide made for a highly memorable day. Great start to our archaeological walks for 2017.
 
Bollihope - on the track up to the common Rob Young talks to the group
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Exploring the remains of a medieval building on the common Evidence of post-medieval grouse shooting!
News Record: 24     Updated: 09-04-2017 14:58:05
     
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