The largest cairn at Hepden
The largest cairn at Hepden

Coquetdale Community Archaeology is a group which links local people to local archaeology.  With over 100 members, residents of Coquetdale and neighbouring communities get involved in exploring and investigating the hidden history of their homes, villages, and the local landscape.

We offer activities that range from programme of winter talks through to practical work like field-walking, surveying, or recording monuments.  We work on projects from prehistoric flint scatters, through to Iron Age Hillforts, medieval buildings, and 20th century pillboxes, discovering how people have lived in the Upper Coquetdale landscape for thousands of years.  

Recording at Ovenstones
Recording at Ovenstones

We have recently been given grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Northumberland National Park for a 3 year project investigating the archaeology of the Border Roads - the ancient routes that run through the Cheviots, linking what are now England and Scotland. Join us in building a unique perspective on the thousands of years of Coquetdale history.  No previous experience of archaeology is necessary – all you need is an interest in the past and enthusiasm to have a go.

 

 

 

 

The Hepden Burn Excavations

 

As part of the Border Roads project, we will be continuing the dig at Hepden Burn this summer, from Thursday July 16th to Sunday July 26th - and we plan to investigate at least one other nearby structure.  Please email domj49@yahoo.co.uk if you would like to join the digging and recording team (full training given if required!).  

Prehistoric flint arrowhead found whilst fieldwalking
Prehistoric flint arrowhead found whilst fieldwalking
The wheel pit, Barrowburn Mill
The wheel pit, Barrowburn Mill