Windermere Reflections – Industrial Archaeology publication

Cover of the popular publication for the Windermere Reflections Project

Cover of the popular publication for the Windermere Reflections Project

The popular publication we produced for the Windermere Reflections project has now come back from the printers.  It will shortly be available to purchase directly from the Lake District National Park Authority. Whether you are interested in community archaeology, industrial archaeology or the history of Windermere and the wider Lake District in general it is worth having a look at.

The book concentrates on the surveys and excavation undertaken in the Windermere catchment over the last few years as part of a Heritage Lottery funded project. Themes covered in the publication include metal mines, slate quarries, bloomeries, fulling mills and woodland industries. There is even a picture of me on the back!


Landscape archaeology and me – a basic talk

Maybe I should post this, maybe not. It is a long talk given to an interested local non-archaeology group and of course there is no Powerpoint to go with it either.  My thanks for the recording goes to the Continuing Learning Group at Lancaster University (c)


Excavation of a Viking-Age Cemetery at Cumwhitton

I thoroughly recommend purchasing this book, as it is a great piece of work by OA North on what is one of the most important Viking sites to come up in Britain over the last few years.

Heritage Calling

Little did Peter Adams know, when he pulled a metal object from the ground in 2004, that he had made one of the most exciting discoveries in Viking-age archaeology in England for many years. He had been metal-detecting, with permission, on farmland to the west of the quiet village of Cumwhitton in the Eden Valley and, until then, it had been a fruitless search.

The object was reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme and proved to be a brooch that was identified as a rare Viking oval brooch of ninth – or tenth – century date. These are mostly found in pairs and in a burial context. He therefore returned to the site and did, indeed, find a second brooch.

One of the oval brooches found by Peter Adams. © Oxford Archaeology Ltd One of the oval brooches found by Peter Adams. © Oxford Archaeology Ltd

The Portable Antiquities Scheme commissioned Oxford Archaeology North to investigate the site as it was under immediate…

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RCAHMW – Uplands Initiative Projects

OANorth Surveys in North Wales

OANorth Surveys in North Wales

OA North  has been involved with eight seasons of survey since 2002 for the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW) on their Uplands Initiative Project. This aims to systematically survey all the mountainous areas of Wales and to record archaeological sites on these areas in order to enhance the National Monuments Record of Wales.

In total I have worked on sixteen project areas in North Wales over the years. In bald statistics my weary legs have trudged along for 338.01 sq km and we have investigated and recorded 4229 archaeological sites.

Over the coming weeks/months I will upload summaries of each project, describe any really nice sites, and mention any ‘hilarious/unfortunate’ occurrences on them.

Brief descriptions and photographs of EVERY site investigated can be found on the Coflein website –  the online database for the National Monuments Record of Wales (NMRW).


Hillforts of the Inner Tay Estuary

This was a project we undertook on behalf of the Tay Landscape Partnership, to survey a series of six hillforts located in the Inner Tay Estuary near Perth, Perth and Kinross. At Castle Law, Abernethy (SAM 2477; NO 182 153); Moncreiffe Hill (SAM 9438; NO 131 199); Moredun Top, Moncreiffe (SAM 9440; NO 136 200); Grassy Law, Deuchny Wood (SAM 6199; NO 152 236); Law Hill, Arnbathie (SAM 3089; NO 170 258) and Pole Hill, Evelick (SAM 3095; NO 199 257). The surveys were undertaken in May and September 2012. The aim of the project was to provide archaeological field surveys of the identified hillforts that will aid the development of an excavation strategy, planned to take part over the   delivery phase of the Tay Landscape Partnership (TLP) scheme.

The detailed topographic surveys present a thorough record of all the archaeological structures and components identified on each of the hillfort sites in the form of a series of detailed and annotated measured plans. In the case of the hillfort at Abernethy the survey also recorded the outlines of previous antiquarian excavations on the site

The hillforts are late-prehistoric/early-historic defended sites of significant archaeological importance, both in terms of buried archaeological deposits and as monuments within the wider landscape. Significant elements at the core of all six hillforts surveyed during the present phase of the project are statutorily protected as Scheduled Monuments of national importance.

Project team members: Peter Schofield, Anne Stewardson, Anna Hodgkinson and Murray Cook

Moredun Hilfort

Moredun Top Hillfort