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Cresswell Pele Tower excavations were a great success

The 2-week long excavations carried out around Cresswell Pele Tower, Northumberland, at the beginning of February were a great success. One of the evaluation trenches that was excavated in Fisheries Field to the east of the tower unearthed two, early Bronze Age stone-built burial cist boxes. Unfotunately no human remains had survived due to the acidity of the soil however this is a very exciting find.

 

Trenches around the tower itself revealed evidence of the 18th century mansion house that was known to have been added on to the tower but that was demolished around 100 years later. Evidence of an earlier, previously unknown about building were also found as well as a small, stone-filled pit that produced chipped flint artefacts. A much larger, stone-filled pit was also revealed, the purpose of which remains unknown.

 

Cresswell Pele Tower Community Archaeology Project well underway

The Cresswell Pele Tower Community Archaeology Project is well underway with both geophysics surveys and fieldwalking exercises having already been completed. The fieldwork will be taking place in mid-February.

Cresswell Tower, a 15th century pele tower, is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, a Grade II* Listed Building and it is also on Historic England's 'Heritage at Risk' Register. Pele towers are peculiar to Northumberland, Cumbria and the Scottish Borders and are miniature castles built in response to raids by the Border Reivers. Cresswell Pele Tower is a relatively well preserved but roofless structure, probably built in the 15th century, and is the only surviving structure of the Medieval seat of the Cresswell family. In the mid 18th century it became part of a mansion house. This house itself was demolished in the 19th century and by the late 1960s the tower was derelict.

The tower has been the focal point of the village for over 500 years, but it is inaccessible in its current state. The wish of the local community is for the tower to be restored and made accessible so that it can become a valued and appreciated heritage asset for current and future generations. In 2014 Cresswell Parish Council was awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund Start Up Grant to carry out preliminary work on the tower. This work inspired the council to seek funding to fully restore, interpret and open the tower while using the opportunity to broaden community involvement, including local schools, through a community archaeology and archive project.

Please check the ARS Ltd website News section for regular updates as to how the project is progressing.

 

ARS Ltd now recruiting for Site Assistants

ARS Ltd are now recruiting for a number of site assistants to work in various locations across the country. For more information please see our employment page.

Low Hauxley Monograph Now Available to Purchase

The Rescued from the Sea Low Hauxley monograph is now available to purchase online. To order your copy please click on the volume cover, below.

 

This project was a partnership between Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Archaeological Research Services, with financial support from Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England, LEADER and UK Coal.

At 318 pages, the volume is a comprehensive piece of work bringing together decades of archaeological work along the North Sea coastline and the results have already received national and international recognition in archaeological fields.

Written by Clive Waddington and Clive Bonsall, the book includes details of the wildlife charity’s ‘Rescued from the Sea’ Project, the 13 week archaeological excavation project at Low Hauxley, situated at the north end of Druridge Bay during that summer.

 

 

 

Rescued from the Sea Monograph

The Low Hauxley 'Rescued from the Sea' project monograph has now been completed and printed. A big thank you to everyone that contributed to the project and helped to make it such a success. Details of where you can buy the monograph will be coming soon.

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