Have you ever wanted to visit an archaeological excavation? Coquetdale Community Archaeological Group are excavating a deserted medieval village near Alwinton this year. This area is steeped in history, much of it remaining to be discovered. The remains of settlements from Neolithic through to Victorian times are evident throughout the area, and in medieval times there were the ‘Tens Towns of Coquetdale’, most of them now only evident as earthworks. The reasons why these settlements were abandoned is not fully understood and CCAG is attempting to discover when and why the settlement at Linbrig was deserted, we think in the 14th or 15th Century.

We have arranged a private visit for website members on Monday, the 23rd July. A tour of the site will be given by the lead archaeologist and hopefully there will be some good finds to be viewed. By this stage of the dig, we should be able to arrive at some answers and will certainly have uncovered some substantial medieval structures.

After the site visit, we will then visit the Holystone area to visit the recently uncovered Roman Road and take in the Ladys Well and the church, which was the site of a medieval nunnery.

So if you have an interest in local history and archaeology, this should be an interesting day out. It’s a very scenic area and there will be lots of photographic opportunities throughout the day.

Website members please visit this link for details of where and when we will meet. There are severe car parking issues and the site is on private farmland, so access is restricted.