News about the AONB Archaeology project

22.09.14 to 05.10.14 inclusive

This project at Nenthead consists of up to 15 separate small-scale excavations to examine particular features that were recorded as being worthy of further attention during a survey of the Nenthead watercourses earlier in the summer. It will enable participants to undertake all aspects of these excavations from initial locating and marking out of trenches through to recording (and yes, in some case, backfilling!). The plan envisages people working in small groups of perhaps half a dozen, with several trenches perhaps being worked on simultaneously. Obviously, finalising exact details must await confirmation of the numbers of participating volunteers.

Much more information is contained within the Project Design. A copy of the project design document is available on the Society website, Members Section. If you think you would like to take part in this project, whether for a single day or any number of days, please reply to Danielle Lowes via email to , or phone 01388 528801, and let her know which days you would like to attend .

Paul Frodsham, the AONB Historic Environment Officer and Project leader, will then contact you to confirm detailed arrangements.

If you have any questions about the proposed work, please contact Paul via email at You can also phone Peter Jackson on 07718385646.

Progress report Wednesday 24 September

Three days work completed.  Volunteers have so far

1  Dug down into a collapsed leat in the area north-east of the track up the valley

2 Excavated a settling tank near the flues.

3 Found an assortment of  leats and sluices east of the Stagg Condenser wheelpit.

4 Uncovered an inspection pit on a leat tunnel under the dumps

5 Started the search for a blockage on the roadside leat near Smallcleugh junction

Any one can volunteer to join the team.