Welcome to Altogether Archaeology
The aim of the group is to promote awareness of the archaeological heritage of the North Pennines and the surrounding area; by the involvement of its members of all ages; in archaeological fieldwork and research. We will provide opportunities for members to extend their knowledge of archaeological methods and practice by research, fieldwork and training.

We will be working with professional archaeologists and other partners to develop a fuller understanding of the rich and diverse heritage of the area in which we live and work.

No previous experience is required as training will be given. Archaeological fieldwork is a marvellous way to exercise and meet like minded folk. Our membership ranges far and wide with most members living from North Yorkshire to Northumbria and Cumbria to the east coast. I hope to see you soon.

Holwick Well Head Excavation 2017 - 2019
Well Head in 2017, features numbered with 7, 9 & 11 (below) were excavated. In 2018 features 3, 4 and a third site about 300m to the west were excavated. 2019 was our final year at Well Head.
We are now working on the final report for this site which will be published on the Reports page in 2020. Please look and listen to the two videos and 7 short podcasts on the Video & Podcasts page.  

Note: 2018 Trench 3 'Cruck House' below is feature 4 in the Well Head site view above.

Holwick Well Head Settlement Trench 3 Day 15 by Altogether Archaeology on Sketchfab
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Altogether Archaeology Honorary President
Stewart Ainsworth
About us...

Altogether Archaeology is a community group that exists to further our understanding of archaeology throughout the North Pennines.

It began life as a North Pennines AONB project, designed and managed by Paul Frodsham and largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), that ran from 2010 until 2015 when Altogether Archaeology (AA) was reformed as an independent community group. The main study area being the North Pennines between the A66 and A69 roads. From March 2020 Altogether Archaeology became a Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation (England & Wales) Number 1188483 Altogether Archaeology.      Read the latest Newsletter here

2020 Fieldwork

In May 2019 we completed our third season of excavation at the Well Head settlement at Holwick. Currently we are in the post excavation phase working towards completing the final report. We thank Northern Heartlands for supporting this project.

In October / November 2019 we completed a 1-week assessment excavation, at Gueswick Hills near Cotherstone in Teesdale (see images below). Very little medieval pottery was found, it is looking like an Iron-age site perhaps extending into the Romano-British or even early medieval period. The Fieldwork Task Group had to postpone the May 2020 excavation of this site. Depending how the Covid-19 regulations 'pan' out, we will try and reschedule the dig as soon as is safe and practical to do so. Further information will appear on the Activities webpage and be emailed to members as soon as we have more information.

The Fieldwork Task Group is continually assessing new fieldwork projects, particularly at this time north of Teesdale. We welcomes new site suggestions to investigate, just contact Tony or Martin via email or use the Contact page.

Gueswick Hills Survey 2019
Report is available