Telling the tale of how dig rescued finds from the sea

Volunteers on site at Low Hauxley.
Volunteers on site at Low Hauxley.

The book telling the dramatic tale of an archaeological dig on the north Northumberland coast is being launched next week.

Rescued from the Sea – An Archaeologist’s Tale, by Dr Clive Waddington, charts the story of the Heritage Lottery-funded Rescued from the Sea excavation project at Low Hauxley, at the north end of Druridge Bay, during the summer of 2013.

The front cover of Rescued from the Sea.

The front cover of Rescued from the Sea.

The 13-week project, led by Northumberland Wildlife Trust and managed by Archaeological Research Services Ltd, was a race against time to meticulously uncover, record and preserve the extremely rare and nationally important archaeological finds that were hidden within the cliff face before they were washed into the sea.

The resulting book documents the story of the project from the local volunteer archaeologist who first noticed the remains in the exposed cliff face to the analysis of many of the finds resulting from the dig.

Among the finds were an ancient peat bed, Neolithic remains, Roman pottery and a Bronze Age burial cairn.

The Trust is inviting members of the public to a public lecture and book launch in The Clore Suite at the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle on Wednesday 3 December, between 6pm and 8pm.

So, whether you are an amateur archaeologist or just fancy something different to an evening in front of the TV, come along to the free event, discover more about the secrets of the sand and, if you purchase a book on the night for £10, the author will sign it for you.

The event is free but places are limited, so anyone interested is asked to book via the form on www.nwt.org.uk or call 0191 284 6884.