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From the Border to the Wall: Landscape Survey in North Cumbria 2016

A team of archaeologists and undergraduate students from Newcastle University has just completed a successful programme of landscape survey in north Cumbria, sponsored by Newcastle University Institute for Social Renewal and Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society.

The aim of the project is to recover aspects of a forgotten and misremembered past in the Western March of England, looking at the archaeological landscape of part of the Anglo-Scottish border. The project also aims to create links to members of the local community interested in the history and archaeology of the area.

Under the direction of Dr Caron Newman, the team used non-intrusive survey methods to record relict landscape features ranging from abandoned long, linear boundaries, areas of ridge and furrow, and deserted settlements as well as several new examples of prehistoric rock art. In particular, large areas of abandoned medieval landscape were recorded, including farmsteads, possible fortified towers, corn-drying kilns and relict field systems. The team worked closely with local historian, Michael Jackson and with several landowners and their families. Now the analysis of all this new data begins.

published on: 9 August 2016