Welcome to the Duddon Dig blog! This site has been created by Oxford Archaeology North to document the progress, and results, of the survey and excavation of three medieval long houses in the Duddon Valley, near Seathwaite Tarn by The Duddon Valley Local History Group, in conjunction with the Lake District National Park Authority, the National Trust and Oxford Archaeology North. For more details please visit our ‘About the Project’ page.
The first stage of the programme was a survey of the long houses and has now been completed. This entailed groups of volunteers recording the long houses using a theodolite, and the wider landscape was mapped by a process called photogrammetry using photographs taken from a drone. We also undertook a geophysical survey around each of the long houses, looking for significant buried remains.
Finally we undertook a palaeo- environmental survey of the peat bogs in the area looking at how the environment has changed over time. Specifically this looked at what types of vegetation, such as trees or grasses, have flourished at different times and how these reflect man’s manipulation of these upland pastures.
We are now preparing for the next phase of work, which will be an excavation of longhouse Tonguehouse A, which will take place between 16th June and 3rd July. For more information about the excavation programme contact Mr Stephe Cove – firstname.lastname@example.org.