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Welcome to the Duddon Valley Local History Group Website

DVLHG was formed in the early 1990s and runs a programme of activities and talks for its members. Our five year long study of the whole valley has restarted extending the survey to cover areas not walked in earlier phases. Our findings led to our current major project with Oxford Archaeology North excavating three medieval longhouse sites near Seathwaite Tarn.

Duddon Dig

Duddon Dig

We are now preparing to start our second season to uncover the secrets of Longhouse Close.
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Surveying

Surveying

Follow our continuing survey work on the valley looking at the Corney Fell.
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Walks

Walks

Join us as we explore the history and archaeology of Cumbria.
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Talks

Talks

Listen to a wide range of speakers on subjects of local and general historical interest.
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Previous Projects

Previous Projects

Catch up on on our previous exploration and surveying in the valley.
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Downloads and Publications

Downloads and Publications

Read the reports of our activities and find out about the books we have published.
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Latest News

DuddonDig 2017 Presentation Evening

After the presentation of Peter’s certificate, Stephe gave an overview of the project with pics of all the volunteers for the benefit of a number of people in the audience that had only become involved recently. Jamie outlined the background to long houses/shieldings and Jeremy talked about the dig and what we found. Then ca Jamie to talk about the carbon-14 dates from samples that we sent off. We were hoping for something around 1000 but three dates came back with very similar dates in the Bronze Age. This has a number of possible explanations which we will have to investigate next year. It would be great if we could prove occupation from such an early date but we will need to show that the charcoal is not the result of clearing by burning across the whole site. Watch this space!

 

DuddonDig 2018 – Dates for next year:

We will be digging from Saturday, 9th June until Sunday, 24th June 2018. There will be a Training Day for volunteers on Sunday, 3rd of June and the middle Saturday of the dig will be an Open Day for visitors.

Registration forms from duddondig@gmail.com.

For further details on volunteering contact dig@duddonhistory.org.uk

 Next Walk: Sunday 3rd December 2017;  -Rock art (or not) around the Dunnerdale Fells – leader Gail Batten (01229 716840), see Walks Page for Details.

Next Talk:  Wednesday 24th January 2018,  Broughton Soldiers in the Great War  1917 –  by Peter Greenwood – see Talks Page for Details.

Our Projects Gallery

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