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 programmes of winter talks through practical work like fieldwalking, surveying or recording monuments that range from hillforts to 20th century pillboxes.
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. You can download a membership form here or visit here to contact a committee member.
For a detailed look at the Barrowburn Mill excavation, please visit our dedicated site here.
January 2012 Newsletter
August 2012 Newsletter
Monday 24th September 7:30pm Rothbury Parish Hall: Gary Bankhead, who will talk about his work in the River Wear by the City of Durham and the finds that result from it. To date, Gary has recorded over 350 artefacts with the Portable Antiquities Scheme – ranging from 12th century horse harness pendants to the belongings of a 20th century Archbishop of Canterbury.
Sunday 28th October 2:30pm Rothbury Jubilee Hall: Fraser Hunter (Principal Curator Archaeology, Iron Age, Roman and Early History, National Museums, Scotland) will give this year’s David Dippie Dixon lectures: “ Celtic Art in Northern Britain” & “Beyond the Frontier – the impact of Rome on Northern Britain”. There will be a tea break between the lectures.
Tuesday 13th November 7:30pm: Dovecote Room – Rothbury Jubilee Hall. Barry Mead on the History of the Bedlington Iron & Engine Works. Founded in the 18th century, the works consisted of a furnace and a rolling mill. It is best remembered as the place where wrought iron rails were first made in 1820, an invention that contributed to the start of the railway age.
In the New Year, we are planning on a talk about the 2012 season at Barrowburn. This newsletter contains the first report of that work but we clearly have more work to do on post-excavation analysis, and we hope to be able to report on results during this talk.