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.
Welcome to the Duddon Valley Local History Group Website
We are now preparing to start our second season to uncover the secrets of Longhouse Close.
Follow our continuing survey work on the valley looking at the Corney Fell.
Find out about the sorts of walks we do.
Find out about the sorts of talks we put on.
Catch up on on our previous exploration and surveying in the valley.
Downloads and Publications
Read the reports of our activities and find out about the books we have published.
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/shielings and Jeremy talked about the dig and what we found. Then came 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.
New volunteers contact email@example.com. Previous volunteers will receive registration forms around Easter
For further details on volunteering contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: the Heysham walk has had to be cancelled and there have been changes to the next two walks
10th March 2018: Above Coniston Leader: Alison Matthews(015394 41545)
see Walks Page for Details.
28th March: Settlement and Field Names in Finsthwaite – Sophia Martin
see Talks Page for Details.