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Further Excavation at Holwick, Upper Teesdale - May 2018
We are planning a return to the Well Head deserted medieval settlement at Holwick, Upper Teesdale for a further programme of excavation in May 2018. Last year’s dig produced a rich assemblage of small finds indicating that the settlement was active for a considerable period of time during the middle ages. This year’s excavation will focus on obtaining further dating evidence which will help us work out when the settlement began and when it went out of use. The dig is scheduled to run from 12th to 27th May.

We are also delighted to announce that this project has been awarded funding from the Northern Heartlands Community Initiative Fund, managed by County Durham Community Foundation. This will not only help us fund the costs of the excavation itself but also enable us to offer a range of opportunities for local people and visitors to become involved. We are really excited by this aspect of the project, especially as last year’s dig attracted a significant amount of interest.

We are planning a number of public events associated with this year’s dig, which will include the following.

- Prior to the start of the dig we will be holding a public presentation on Monday 16th April at 7.30pm in Middleton-in-Teesdale Village Hall. We will be talking about the results of our work at Holwick in 2017, what we are planning to do during the dig in May, and explaining how people can get involved.
- We will be holding an open day on the excavation site during the second week of the dig when we will offer guided tours and an explanation of the work in progress.
- We will be offering guided archaeology walks for people who are interested in looking at some of the rich archaeological heritage of Upper Teesdale.
- After the dig is finished there will be opportunities for people to become involved in workshops when we will be cleaning and recording finds.
- Later in the year we will organise a final public talk at which we will discuss the results of this year’s excavation.

Further details of each of these activities will be announced on this website as soon as they are available. Please watch this space.
 
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News Record: 37     Updated: 14-06-2018 09:26:45

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