Archaeological Reports

From this






to this!





Our archaeology was mostly carried out by 50 or so individual volunteers under supervision of professional archaeologists Richard Carlton and Marc Johnstone from  The Archaeological Practice.

Little did we know back in 2012, when North Pennines AONB’s  HLF funded ‘Altogether Archaeology’ programme did some small exploratory trenches, that we’d find such a wealth of archaeology beneath the anthills and pine needles.

We only planned two digs, but the enthusiasm of the 50 or so volunteers and the professional archaeologists Richard Carlton and Marc Johnstone from  The Archaeological Practice was difficult to stop! They excavated the flues across the top of the Arches (prior to the consolidation works), the mill race (see Appendix 1 written by the unstoppable volunteer Pete Lee), the footings of a range of buildings to the east (still a mystery) and uncovered a huge waterwheel pit and the smelting hearths.

There are many more pictures and diagrams in the reports below:


The flues and chute from the top of the arches


Richard 1

Excavating the chimeys


The more they dug, the more chimney emerged!














Local schools visiting the site helped consolidate the excavated mill race walls


the mill race: sluices, channels, cobbles and hearthstones – what a puzzle!


starting work on the millrace














Oppen days 25 &26 May 2014 JB (14)

INvestigating the mysterious eastern buildings


Not even the visiting school kids could work them out




Oppen days 25 &26 May 2014 JB (1)

A lot of stone to shift from the wheelpit and hearths


part of the fun is debating theories on what exactly has been found

diagram to photo comparison

We think its something like this… but see the report for more accurate conjecture!





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more reports from the earlier digs to follow

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The Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers Project aimed to celebrate and discover the heritage of the Dukesfield Arches & lead carriers' routes between Blaydon and the lead mines of Allendale and Weardale. A two year community project, it was led by the Friends of the North Pennines in partnership with Hexhamshire and Slaley Parish Councils and the active support of Allendale Estates. It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the generous support of other sponsors. Friends of the North Pennines: Charity No:1137467