Killerby Quarry

Killerby Quarry location map. © Copyright ARS Ltd
A drone photograph of the kettle hole showing the upper levels of the Mesolithic timber platform. © Copyright ARS Ltd
One of the longest pieces of timber required six people to carry it out of the kettle hole. © Copyright ARS Ltd

ARS Ltd have been investigating Tarmac’s Killerby Quarry site since 2008. The quarry, which will begin extraction soon, will be producing high-quality sand and gravel which has many uses for infrastructure and construction. To-date, a wide range of archaeological techniques including desk-based research, fieldwalking, evaluation trenching and excavation have been used to discover what archaeological and palaeoenvironmental remains survive on the site, how the landscape has changed over time and remains of ancient hunter-gatherer and early farming groups.

Killerby Quarry is located approximately 19km to the south of Darlington, and only 11km to the west of Northallerton, immediately to the east of the A1 trunk road. The quarry will cover an area around 120 hectares in extent which comprises hummocky ground with pronounced undulations that vary between 38m and 54m aOD (above Ordnance Datum). The landforms within the area of the quarry are predominantly relics from the last glaciation together with an area of alluvial floodplain.

Use the links to the right to find out more about the site, see our latest discoveries and view our photo gallery. You can also access past reports on the ‘Links and Downloads’ page. We will use these pages to keep you up-to-date with further discoveries so please make sure you check back regularly. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for up-to-the-minute news.

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