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Two great open days at dig

They came, they saw, they asked questions, they puzzled, they completed questionnaires, they explored the site. In all about 100 people came to the open days over the Bank Holiday…. read more

More questions than answers?

A fantastic few weeks digging at Dukesfield Arches are coming to a close.  Blessed by sunshine (mostly) and no midgies (mostly) and some fantastic volunteers (absolutely!) On Friday morning, this… read more

Open Days at the Dig

Come and see what we’ve found at the Dukesfield Arches: possibly once Europe’s largest Smelt Mill. Meet the volunteers and archaeologists and enjoy a woodland stroll Bank Holiday Sunday 25th… read more

Dig pics – first 5 days


The weather has been glorious, in between the showers, and what progress has been made. We’ve opened up four trenches: one right in front of the arches and we’re already… read more

Getting busy with the BBC!

Great piece today on the local BBC news website – if it’s brought you here – thanks for coming! The site is open to the public at all times as… read more

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Who Do You Think You Are?

The BBC’s ‘best selling family history magazine’  Who Do You Think You Are? May 2014 edition has a great piece on the project:

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