Tynedale North of the Wall Archaeology Group

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Greyside Farm Mole Hill Survey and Test PittingExcavation

Saturday 9th March to Tuesday 12th March 2019


We are now able to confirm the dates for our molehill survey and test pits excavation at Greyside Farm near Newbrough. It will run from Saturday 9th March to Tuesday 12th March with working days of 10am to 4pm.

When we carried out our walkover survey in February last year we identified a probable farmstead site with a 3 celled structure and a large (35m x 20m) adjoining enclosure. We also noticed quite a quantity of ceramic pieces in molehills within the structure. By systematically sieving this year's molehills and mapping locations of finds we hope to be able to assess the date of the farmstead. We shall also dig some test pits to get a clearer idea of the nature of the buildings and the functions of the 3 cells. If you would like to participate in this investigation please reply giving an indication of which days you would like to attend. You can choose as many or as few days as you wish. We are happy to take provisional bookings if you are unsure of exact dates at present. Full joining information will be sent during the week commencing Feb 25th.

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.



Rock Art Deturfing, Carr Hill Newbrough

Scheduled for Saturday 21st July to Tuesday 24th July 2018


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






Rattenraw enclosed settlement excavation 2019

Rattenraw near Otterburn. Exact dates to be confirmed.



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