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.

Altogether Archaeology Fieldwork in 2024
Gueswick Hills
Gueswick Hills Lidar
For several seasons since 2019 we have been researching a
multi-period palisaded settlement at Gueswick Hills near Cotherstone in Teesdale.
You can download and read the interim reports found on the Reports web page, for this site.

This year we will be working from August 10th to September 1st (excluding Thursday 15th).
We will be continuing the work in trenches which have evidence of Romano-British and Iron-Age activity,
to hopefully discover earlier habitation. New trenches will be opened too.

The above image is from the Gueswick 2023 excavation.
This fascinating trench will be extended this year.

In the autumn of 2023 we had a one week excavation on the
Gueswick promontory overlooking the River Tees.
Unfortunately it was extremely poor weather that week, which led to a
large loss of excavation time but it raised many questions to try to resolve in 2024.

The image above is of the promontory excavation

The image above is also of the steep sided promontory with the Tees valley in the background right.

A rare copper-alloy St. Edmund's Pilgrim Badge was excavated in October here.

Open days for visitors at both excavation sites will be advertised locally and on our website.

There will be opportunities for children (with parent/s) to experience working on a real archaeology site.

Members can book places to work on both sites, Gueswick & Gilmonby, by email: altogetherarchaeology@gmail.com

Numerous member's activities each year are posted on the website's activies page and emailed out to members. Non-members can attend for a nominal donation.

The first two events in 2024 were a church survey of  Frosterley Church and a guided walk around Crosby Garrett and the surrounding fell. We have our AGM and two talks at Whitley Chapel on Saturday March 9th.

Altogether Archaeology Web pages:     
Membership        Reports       Activities

Gilmonby 2024 Excavation
Bronze Age excavation site led by Beverley Still.

On July 1st until 21st July, we will be returning to Gilmonby near Bowes in the Greta Valley, to continue with our exploration of this intriguing site.

Above image shows one of the trenches of the 2023 Gilmonby excavation.

 Twelve Altogether Archaeology members  assisted in transcribing some of the Northumberland Name Books to create a comprehensive database. You can now see their work as the database is now available to search.

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

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