|At its AGM on Saturday 18th March 2017 Altogether Archaeology launched the North Pennines Archaeological Research Framework. The framework has been written in three parts, each of which is presented as a separate document.
Part 1. Resource Assessment - This is an overview of what we already know about the archaeology of the North Pennines and forms the baseline for the rest of the framework.
Part 2. Research Agenda- This part identifies where there are significant gaps in current knowledge and lists a number of key questions that could be answered through new archaeological research.
Part 3. Altogether Archaeology Research Strategy - This document sets out a range of potential project themes and a set of recommendations which will help to guide Altogether Archaeologyâ€™s research plans over the next few years.
The Research Framework was written for Altogether Archaeology by professional archaeologist Paul Frodsham. Paul, who is also AAâ€™s Archaeology Adviser, has worked extensively across the North Pennines over the past 10 years and is uniquely well-placed to provide this overview of the archaeology of the area.
The AA Management Committee commissioned this work with financial assistance from the Heritage Lottery Fund which awarded us a start-up grant to help us build our capability as a community archaeology group as we made the transition from being a professionally-directed project to an independent volunteer-led organisation. We are extremely grateful to HLF for providing us with the means to develop this robust and evidence-based framework for our future fieldwork and research. The Research Framework stresses the need for AA to work in partnership with others, including academic institutions and other local groups; the AA Committee welcomes suggestions from potential partners regarding possible partnership projects.
Parts 2 and 3 of the Framework are available now as downloads from the website (please go to the Reports page).
Part 1. Resource Assessment currently is being prepared as a consultation draft and will be available on the website shortly.