Group digs up grants for more research

An archaeology group has been given grants of £49,ooo to help look at and record the border routes.

With £44,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a further £4,900 from the Northumberland National Park, members of Coquetdale Community Archaeology aim to research the archaeology along the major footpaths and routes through the Cheviots and make it accessible to a wider audience.

The group will research the history of the roads, identify the prehistoric and historic sites that lie along them and document them through photography, surveying and excavation.

Ultimately there will be walking guides, a book and an interactive web site so that this invaluable heritage can be enjoyed by a wider community.

Revealing the Border Roads will start in earnest from this autumn and will take up to three years.