Digging a possible Saxon chapel in North Yorkshire


We have now moved to our new venue at the Rothwell Community Hub

Find out more and how you can get involved

Following on from our first highly successful talks evenings:

Wednesday 23rd August 2017
The Lost Kingdom of Elmet
        Brian Elsey
Prehistoric North Duffield – Glimpses of the past
How a small community group gained Heritage Lottery Funding to investigate its historic landscape driving the evidence for settlement in North Duffield back from 1086AD to 2545BC(+ or – 28 years). What they did to convince HLF of their ability to deliver and their determination to succeed. They offered value-for-money, achieved everything they set out to achieve, delivered everything on time and under budget. In the process they created an education pack based on the Iron Age, built a reconstruction of an Iron Age roundhouse which is still used for primary school education purposes, held two test pit surveys to establish the origins of the village, a Celtic Festival on the village green, a conference with the top Iron Age experts for East Yorkshire giving papers, wrote a book, and excavated a significant Iron Age roundhouse that exceeded their wildest dreams

Brian has been the director of the North Duffield project since the first ideas were established.  Brian provides an enthusiastic and practical approach to how other groups might approach similar projects.

Find out about our friendly group. As well as practical fieldwork, we offer talks and workshops covering all aspects of archaeology.

We are always looking for new members, why not contact us to find out more.

Our first public talks programme started in March 2017 with archaeologist Ian Roberts talking about some of his greatest discoveries.
Our 2017 programme is now complete
click here for the full programme details.

Oakwell Hall, nr Birstall, venue for our 2016 Conference

Read a review of the 2016 Summer Conference

A ‘dumpy level’ and ‘tape survey’ in the woods at Hardcastle Crags
This course has now completed another successful series of sessions

‘Introduction to Community Based Archaeology’

If you would have been interested and would like details of when the next re-run will be organised, use our Contact Page to let us know.