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Archaeology dig, Low Hauxley cemetery site
Archaeology dig, Low Hauxley cemetery site

Rare archaeological findings are due to be excavated from cliffs in Northumberland though a project called Rescued from the Sea.

The project, which is being run by the Northumberland Wildlife Trust, will reveal some heritage wonders such as Mesolithic remains, ancient peat beds and an early Bronze Age cemetery in the cliffs at Low Hauxley.

The scheme comes after a grant of £285,900 was given by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Rescued from the Sea intend to gather a group of volunteers and train them up in the necessary skills to accurately record and preserve the findings from the cliff face.

They will be trained in excavation, photography and small-find recording among others.

Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund North East, Ivor Crowther, said: “Rescued from the Sea will give people a fantastic insight into life in Northumberland through the ages.

“These exceptional finds will be carefully conserved and made accessible for everyone. The volunteers taking part will help shed light on the artefacts and piece together parts of our heritage that no one has seen before. We can’t wait to see the results.”

The timing of the project has been applauded as the site at Low Hauxley is continuing to erode with each high-tide.

According to the North East Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment, the site is of high importance and extremely vulnerable.

In a bid to inspire children by their surrounding history, interactive classroom sessions will be offered to 400 pupils.

A series of guided tours will also be provided to ensure as many people as possible have the opportunity to see the work.

Hard-to-reach audiences, including young offenders from HMP Northumberland, will be given the chance to get involved too, through activities like workshops and site visits.

Steve Scoffin, Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Druridge Bay Development Manager, said: “Without the HLF funding, this site would be lost to the sea, a part of heritage gone before it was completely understood.

“The importance of this project cannot be underestimated. It is not just about the archaeology and its context, but of people being inspired by, and working together to understand, their past and their landscape, and particularly the contribution this can make to the local economy.”

All finds and recordings will be archived at the Great North Museum in Newcastle.