New Dates for Volunteering

We continue to conduct excavation and coring out at Hoppen Hall, near the Bradford Kaims. This work explores a prehistoric lake edge with archaeological features dated to at least 4500 BC. We welcome volunteers on this project. If you would like to learn more about this project click here. To see the blog reports to date click on the bradford kaims in the tag cloud to the right of the screen.

The next fieldworking days will be Tuesday 10th (with possible further days this week depending on demand)Wednesday 18th, Saturday 21st (a possible seminar day TBC), Monday 23rd and Friday 27th of April. There will also be a specialist weekend – 17th to 20th of May – with Palaeo-environmentalist Richard Tipping and Geophysics team GSB.

Please come along if you can, dressed for weather and wellies are recommended. As usual no experience is necessary, and it should be fun as we will be undertaking a number of activities including, excavation, recording and coring. If you would like to volunteer please send an email to Graeme Young at or call him on 07711187651 as we will be limited to around 20 volunteer places per day.  We very much hope to see you there!

Getting There

The site is located at Hoppen Hall Farm – to get there you will need to take the B1341 between the A1 and Bamburgh.  Heading towards Bamburgh, you pass over the main rail line level crossing just past Lucker, then take the first right hand turn along a rough track heading up hill towards Hoppen Hall farm and cottages.  The site is accessible only by prior arrangement, and there are holiday lets near the area we will be parking as well as the main farm house so we ask that all participants show due care and respect the privacy of the residents and guests.  We will park and gather together by the main farm buildings, then walk through the fields for around ten minutes to access the wetland site.

Below are a number of photographs taken recently by one of our volunteers, Ruth Brewis.

Coring in the trench extension

New test trenches

Planning features for the site record

Gerry filming volunteers cleaning the trench

Cleaning the trench

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