Tynedale North of the Wall Archaeology Group

Activities Section

Rock Art Deturfing, Carr Hill Newbrough

Scheduled for Saturday 21st July to Tuesday 24th July

NOWTAG is delighted to announce that we have been successful in our application for funding support from Northumberland National Park for our de-turfing exercise at Carr Hill rock art site near Newbrough, and have confirmed dates of Saturday 21st July to Tuesday 24th July.

We are therefore now taking bookings for places. The excavations will be professionally-led and will include on-site training in archaeologically and environmentally appropriate methods for removal of turf cover around sensitive rock art sites. We will also provide training and opportunities to take part in a range of recording techniques including use of planning frame, scale drawing and photogrammetry.

Please note that this event is open to group members only. If you are interested in joining the group please go to our membership page here. You are also welcome to enroll on the day you wish to attend.

carr hill cup and ring

Landscape Surveys 2018

We have secured landowner permissions to carry out initial walkover (Level 1) landscape surveys on two farms before the start of the lambing season in 2018.

Greyside Farm, Newbrough

Scheduled for Sunday 11th to Saturday 17th February.

Adjacent to areas of Carr Edge farm that we surveyed last spring, is a large unimproved field at the eastern end of Greyside farm. Those of you at Carr Edge last year will know that we spotted an interesting enclosure and signs of ancient boundary features immediately north of our then survey area.

ariel image of Greyside

Enclosure north of Carr Edge Plantation

The Historic Environment Record also lists an enclosed settlement further west in the same field. These features have not been surveyed in any detail and there is a good likelihood that a systematic walkover will reveal other unrecorded sites.

Rattenraw Farm Near Otterburn

Scheduled for Saturday 24th February to Friday 2nd March.

Last summer we visited Rattenraw to record a recently discovered enclosed settlement site. From just a couple of hours looking around it is clear that there is an exceptionally well-preserved and extensive Iron Age landscape. Whereas at most such sites lengths of field boundaries are intermittent and may run for a few dozen metres at Rattenraw we were able to follow boundaries for much further, encountering junctions with continuing boundaries visible in a choice of directions.

Add to this the extensive areas of well preserved cord rigg that aligns closely with the boundary features, plus at least one further enclosed settlement and it is clear that Rattenraw offers a very rich, largely unexplored, prehistoric landscape. Our brief overview also noted the remains of a number of other structures of possible medieval date.

ariel image of rattenraw

Rattenraw enclosed settlement with adjacent field system

Farmer Dennis Salt is very enthusiastic and keen to help us discover more. It is likely that this site will offer much opportunity for further investigations extending well beyond our initial walkover. It will be well worth the journey to reach the farm.

For further details please contact NOWTAG: tynedalearchaeology@gmail.com email

  • NOWTAG AGM and presentations Wednesday 6th February 2019 Hexham Community Centre, 7pm.

  • Greyside Farm molehill survey & test-pitting, March 2019

  • Rattenraw enclosed settlement excavation, 2019

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