Monday, November 12, 2012

Rare discoveries inspire archaeology on the beach

Mesolithic remains, an early Bronze Age cemetery and ancient peat beds are just some of the heritage wonders due to be excavated from the cliffs at Low Hauxley, thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £285,900.

The project ‘Rescued from the Sea’ run by the Northumberland Wildlife Trust, will engage a small army of volunteers to meticulously uncover the extremely rare and nationally important archaeological finds that are currently hidden within the cliff face. Local volunteers will be specially trained in the necessary skills to accurately record and preserve their findings. They will be trained in excavation skills, photography and small find recording amongst others.

The site is rapidly eroding with each high-tide, so the project has come to fruition just in time. According to the English Heritage funded North East Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment – the site is of high importance and extremely vulnerable. Mesolithic settlement sites, such as middens, hearths and structural remains, are very rare making these discoveries and this project all the more vital.

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