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Holwick 2018 - a chance to find out about our latest discoveries about life in medieval Teesdale.
Altogether Archaeology has been working at Holwick in upper Teesdale for the past two years trying to find out more about how life was lived in the dale during the middle ages. In May we carried out our second excavation on the Well Head settlement which is a small deserted hamlet occupying rising ground on the south side of the valley. Our work has shown that the settlement was occupied for several centuries during the medieval period. This is based on the range of pottery types recovered. This year we excavated a complete longhouse structure, typical of the period, which would have provided living accommodation for people and animals under the same roof. We also looked at two other structures which form part of the settlement. The site has produced a considerable quantity of small finds - not only large quantities of pottery, as mentioned above, but also glass and metal objects.

So that we can share the results of our work to date we are organising a public meeting in Middleton-In-Teesdale Village Hall on the evening of Thursday 25th October from 7.30 until 9.30pm. Members of Altogether Archaeology will be giving illustrated talks about what we have found and there will also be opportunities to see and handle some of the interesting finds that our excavations have unearthed. There is no admission fee for for this event and everyone is welcome. Please come along!

Our project at Holwick this year was funded by the Northern Heartlands Community Initiative Fund, managed by County Durham Community Foundation. Altogether Archaeology is grateful to both of these organisations for their support.
One of the buildings investigated in 2017 Some of our volunteer team celebrating their work near the end of our 2018 dig.
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News Record: 43     Updated: 06-11-2018 17:50:54

Holwick Finds Processing, 3rd September 2019
Our dig at Howick, Upper Teesdale, in May produced a large quantity of small finds - mainly pottery fragments, glass, bone and metal. Yesterday (3rd September) we began the painstaking process of cleaning all of this material in preparation for cataloguing and recording. This is quite an undertaking but with the enthusiastic help of 26 volunteers who came to our first session at Mickleton Village Hall we made an excellent start. As you can see from the photographs we managed to clean a large quantity of finds but there is still more to do.

We are organising a second session at Mickleton on Friday 21st September (see the Activities page of the website for more details) when we hope to finish the job. Our thanks go to all our volunteers yesterday and everyone who has booked to attend the next session. You are all amazing people and we couldn’t do any of this without you. Well done team!

We will be announcing a date for the public meeting at which we will be discussing the results of this year’s excavations at Holwick soon.
The team swings into action Hive of activity on the top table
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Great brushing skills on display Just some of the day's completed work
News Record: 42     Updated: 04-09-2018 10:52:29

Your chance to handle finds from our Holwick Dig
We are organising two workshops in September at which we will be inviting people to help us clean and catalogue finds from our May 2018 excavation at the Well Head deserted medieval settlement in Holwick, Upper Teesdale. Instruction and supervision will be provided. Both workshops will take place at Mickleton Village Hall, Teesdale on the following dates:

Monday 3rd September, 10am to 3pm

Friday 21st September, 10am to 3pm

Non-members are welcome to join us for these workshops. There is no charge for attending but please bring a packed lunch. Places are limited so advanced booking is essential. You can book a place by emailing us at

We aim to make these workshops fun as well as instructive and they will provide plenty of opportunities to get 'hands-on' with the medieval archaeology of Teesdale!

Our Holwick project has been awarded funding from the Northern Heartlands Community Initiative Fund managed by County Durham Community Foundation for which we are extremely grateful.
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News Record: 41     Updated: 20-07-2018 16:21:40
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