Community Archaeology & Research

Join us on a community archaeological dig! Every spring/summer/autumn for the last 15 years or so, thanks to the National Lottery amongst other funding bodies, we have hosted large community research excavations on a range of interesting archaeological sites across the north-east region and abroad. These community projects engage volunteers in a tangible way to their local history, providing a unique and memorable experience. All training and equipment is provided by our friendly and experienced staff, with daily blogs and video diaries available via social media.

Alongside archaeological excavations, our team specialises in producing Historic Village Atlases, working closely with local history & archaeology groups to write bids for and working on multi-disciplinary projects. In-depth research at museums and archives on a specific aspect of cultural heritage may be undertaken at the request of Historic England, Local Authorities, National Parks or AONBs. Additional research or ‘field-schools’ may also be undertaken with academic institutions such as university archaeological departments.

If you’re looking to undertake a new community project and want to include an archaeological/historical element, then please get in touch and we can discuss all the options.

Case Studies:

Recent Community Archaeological Digs include: the Anglo-Saxon Monastic site at Lindisfarne Heugh (Peregrini Lindisfarne and Northumberland Coast AONB); Prehistoric Settlement and Burial Monuments near Otterburn (Revitalising Redesdale); and perhaps the best preserved Deserted Medieval Village in North-East England at Walworth (Brightwater Partnership). Of the 38 Historic Village Atlases completed by The Archaeological Practice since 2004, recent examples include: Bishopwearmouth (Sunderland City Council); Crookham & Branxton (TillVas); and Easington (Limestone Landscapes, Durham County Council).