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Lost Redesdale

Redesdale contains a rich diversity of historic remains from Neolithic farming communities and Roman military occupation through to 19th Century Industry and First World War practice trenches. 

Through this project we aim to better understand and tell the landscape story of Redesdale, investigating its cultural heritage with local people through archaeological research and sharing the stories uncovered through creative interpretation. 

Projects include:

The Redesdale Lidar Landscapes project (now completed) involved volunteers undertaking analysis of the valley using remote sensing data, known as Lidar, to reveal archaeology in the landscape.

Redesdale Landscapes Through Time. Following on from the Lidar Landscapes project, this online research project will involve volunteers in looking in more depth at complex archaeological landscapes, exploring how areas and communities have developed over time.

Water to Tyneside: Building Catcleugh Reservoir – This project involves the creation of a community radio play telling the story of the construction of the reservoir and what life was like for the construction workers and their families.

Down on the Farm: Rattenraw– Three thousand years on a Redesdale Farm. This project involves carrying out archaeological fieldwork with volunteers and Young Archaeologists’ Clubs, including surveys and excavations, looking at the remains of settlements and farming systems that date back to at least Iron Age times.

Down on the Farm: Chattlehope – Carrying out archaeological fieldwork with volunteers, looking at the remains of settlements and farming that may date back to prehistoric times.

Otterburn Training Area: Exercise Border Reiver/Exercise Lidar Truth– working with our partners at the Ministry of Defence and Breaking Ground Heritage to investigate the rich archaeology of this prehistoric landscape. This project involves archaeological excavations with local volunteers working together with participants from Operation Nightingale, an initiative for wounded and sick veterans and service personnel.

Investigating Fawdon Hill – Walkover survey and archaeological excavation with local volunteers, examining prehistoric features and possible links to the Battle of Otterburn.

All Roads lead to Rome: Investigating High Rochester –complimenting the conservation of the Roman Fort, this project will focus on archaeological remains west of the fort, with archaeological fieldwork planned for 2021.

There is also a programme of volunteer training workshops in historical research and archaeological techniques, including desk-based assessments, historic building survey, human osteo-archaeology and geophysical survey.

We are interested to hear your stories about Redesdale.  Please contribute your own memories, photos and images or artefacts using the interactive map. Or join one of our Sharing Redesdale’s Stories workshops.

Lost Redesdale Projects