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Holwick Excavation Update
We can now confirm that the next phase of our excavations at the Well Head deserted Medieval settlement will take place from 12th to 27th May, as previously announced. If you would like to find out more about our plans for this dig you can download the Project Design from the Reports page of this website. This document also contains an interim report on the work we carried out on this site last year. Essential information for everyone who will be digging with us and if you are interested in the archaeology of Upper Teesdale you will also find this a fascinating read.

We are organising several public events associated with this year’s dig which will take place on the following dates.

Site Tours
We shall be hosting two sites tours during the second week of the dig for anyone who would like to come along and have a look at the excavation in progress. These will take place on Wednesday 23 May starting at 11.00 am and Thursday 24th May starting at 2.00 pm.

Guided Archaeology Walks
If you are interested in seeing more of the archaeology of the Holwick area of Teesdale we are also organising two walks on Wednesday 16th May starting at 1.30 pm and Sunday 20th May starting at 1.30 pm. The walks will last for around 2 hours and the route is approximately 4 miles long .

Later in the year we will be organising finds processing & recording workshops plus a further public meeting at which we will present the findings of the dig. Further details of these events will be announced in due course.

Important information - please read
It is not necessary to book for either the site tours or the guided walks.

The meeting point for both the site tours and the guided walks will be at the field-gate entrance to the excavation site which is located approximately 4.5 km west along the Holwick road from its junction with the B6277 - Grid Reference NY908268.

Please wear boots or strong shoes as rough ground with some steep slopes will be encountered on both the site tours and the walks. Suitable clothing for whatever the Teesdale weather decides to do is also essential. There is little shelter or shade available.

If you are travelling by car to the site you should be aware that car parking along the Holwick road is limited and restricted to grass verges. Parking spaces close to the site entrance are likely to be occupied by the vehicles of our diggers whilst the excavation is taking place. Further parking space can be found towards the end of the Holwick road beyond Middle Farm. If you park along the Holwick road please do so with care and avoid blocking field entrances or obstructing farm traffic. Alternatively, if you do not mind the extra walk, you may prefer to park at the Bowlees Visitor Centre car park - Grid Reference NY909282 - and take the public footpath across the Wynch Bridge to the west end of the Holwick road. The distance from Bowlees to the site is approximately 2.7 km.

For further information please contact us at

Our project has been awarded funding from the Northern Heartlands Community Initiative Fund managed by County Durham Community Foundation.

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News Record: 38     Updated: 02-05-2018 13:57:45

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