Home About News Services We Dig the Castle Projects Staff Vacancies Community Contact
Established 1967
Trent & Peak Archaeology is a trading name of York Archaeological Trust for Excavation and Research. Limited Registered Office: 47 Aldwark, York, YO1 7BX A Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England No. 1430801 A registered Charity in England & Wales (No. 509060) and Scotland (No. SCO42846)
News
Newark Civil War ditch   February 2017          Archaeological work undertaken by Trent & Peak has unearthed important new information about Newark’s history during the English Civil War. Trent and Peak was commissioned  as part of Severn Trent’s £60 million investment in Newark’s waste and water network. During the digging of a sewer shaft a defensive ditch was uncovered just a few hundred yards away from the National Civil War Centre. This contained 17th century salt glazed pottery and a single piece of lead shot, the latter from a pistol or carbine.   Newark was an important theatre of the English Civil War. As Stuart Jennings, adviser at the National Civil War Centre, has said, “This is a truly exciting discovery. During the British Civil Wars the town was one of the most heavily defended in England and we have substantial surviving earthworks from the period like the Queen's Sconce fort. But we know that much more awaits discovery under the ground. After King Charles lost the north of England at the Battle of Marston Moor the chief threat to Newark would come from this direction. So to find such substantial defences and deep ditches to the north of the town is not surprising.  We also know from documentary evidence that local people were conscripted to do much of the work.  The trench was part of a massive network of fortifications which by 1645 kept at bay a vast Parliamentarian and Scots army numbering 16,000. It will be fascinating to see what emerges from a detailed analysis of the objects recovered". Severn Trent’s work in Newark is due to continue until 2020. It is hoped that the project will continue to reveal evidence about Newark’s experiences during the English Civil War. See the Newark Advertiser, or find out more on the Severn Trent website.                                  
Confetti site, Nottingham   January 2017 The 'most important find in Nottingham for a decade' Trent & Peak Archaeologists working at the site of Nottingham Trent University’s Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies have unearthed what has been called the city’s greatest archaeological discovery of the past decade. It has long been known that in the Middle Ages a defensive ditch ran along what is now Lower Parliament Street, enclosing the town and marking the boundary of the settlement. Finds at the Confetti site, to the north of Lower Parliament Street, suggest that this area of Convent Street might have been one of the few industrial sites on the outside of medieval Nottingham’s town defenses. TPA archaeologists have already uncovered boundary ditches and square ditches cut into the underlying rock. Pottery, glass and roof tiles within the ditches indicate strongly that this was a site of medieval pottery production. This gives an important insight into the area immediately outside the town defences - an area generally little known about for the medieval period.  Acting Nottingham City Archaeologist Scott Lomax has called the finds ‘the greatest archaeological discovery within Nottingham city centre of the past decade. I can say this is a very significant discovery. It is an area of the city centre which we know little about and this site will greatly enhance our understanding of what was happening immediately outside the medieval defences more than 600 years ago.’ Trent & Peak is working at the site as part of the construction of a new creative and digital learning space for Nottingham Trent University and Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies. Archaeologists will be proactively encouraging groups of staff and students to visit the site, allowing members of the university to learn more about the significance of the finds. Confetti's director of operations, Greg Marshall told the Nottingham Post that ‘it seems quite appropriate that our new digital media hub could be built on a site where a creative industry was practiced hundreds of years ago’. Find out more
We Dig the Castle 2017   March 2017 Nottingham Castle’s annual trainng excavation returns 17 July - 18 August We’re excited to again be working in partnership with Nottingham City Council, Archaeology Live! and Historic England to offer this unique opportunity to learn hands-on archaeology while being part of Nottingham Castle’s annual excavation. First held in summer 2015, We Dig the Castle is carefully designed to increase understanding of the Castle site while providing high- quality training to anyone interested in learning archaeological skills. New this year is our Saturday training session on 5 August, and our visiting speakers available to book for your group. Group visits to the excvavation and archaeological tours of the Castle site (no digging required!) are also available, and our popular free family day returns on Sunday 23 July. Booking is now open, via our quick, easy and secure online booking system. We’re proud to be part of the national Festival of Archaeology. Read more about We Dig the Castle here
Confetti site Nottingham - update April 2017 Caves untouched for 120 years discovered under the site of the Woodlark Beerhouse Trent & Peak archaeologists, working on the site in preparation for a new media hub, discovered a cave network that was unknown to researchers. Through cave probing, followed by excavation, three entry holes and a paved spiral staircase were discovered. Further work has shown that one cave, linked to the others by a passageway, possibly dates to the middle of the19th century. The caves are rich in artefacts and analysis of these has significantly increased our understanding of the historic use of both the cave system and the ground above.   See inside the caves and read about the artefacts.    
We Dig the Castle 2018        February 2018 Trent & Peak is delighted to announce the return of We Dig the Castle for 2018 We Dig the Castle, TPA’s flagship training excavation at Nottingham Castle, is a unique chance to undergo training in practical fieldwork skills by being part of an excavation at a Scheduled Monument.  It returns for 2018 between 16 July and 17 August (weekdays). In 2018, in association with the Castle’s Transformation project, we’re bringing back the most popular things from 2017, while adding brand new activities and skills, to make We Dig the Castle better than ever before. Our new 2018 brings a brand new programme of test-pitting, recording, auguring, post-excavation, finds identification, building recording, digitisation and more, with trainees carrying out training and hands-on work not only in Nottingham Castle's outer bailey but also in Brewhouse Yard and the historic Castle Road area. Booking opens 1 March 2018. Sign up to our newslettter to hear the latest news and receive an alert when booking opens.  You can also find out more on the We Dig the Castle site, and keep up to date with this year’s fieldwork on Facebook and Twitter.   
Festival of Archaeology 2017 June 2017 Trent & Peak is delighted to again be part of the CBA’s national Festival of Archaeology Our We Dig the Castle training excavation is back for its third year in 2017 and will again be part of the summer Festival of Archaeology (15-30 July). Co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology, the Festival offers hundreds of archaeology events for the community, organised by heritage organisations, museums, parks and societies. We Dig the Castle, TPA’s flagship training excavation at Nottingham Castle, is a unique chance to train in practical archaeology by being part of an excavation at a Scheduled Monument. July is fully booked but the last few places are still available for August.   Our family day on Sunday 23 July - We Dig the Castle! - offers families of all ages the opportunity to get involved in a real life archaeological dig at the world-famous Nottingham Castle. In a fun-filled hour in our trench you’ll be helping us to explore what happened to the site after the medieval castle was swept away in the 1600s. You’ll have the chance to have a dig in our trench, wash and identify finds, and sieve through the spoil looking for artefacts. We’ll also have colouring and activity sheets for really young budding archaeologists. Advance booking required (also includes free entry to the Castle site), by contacting Alison at nottinghamcastle@yorkat.co.uk or on 0115 8967400. Keep up to date with We Dig the Castle news, and follow the excavation.
Welcome to new staff        February 2018 Trent & Peak is pleasedto announce the appointment of three new members of staff Kristina Krawiec joins us as Geoarchaeology Project Manager, managing services incuding landscape investigation strategies, palaeoenvironmental sampling strategies for the facilitation of landscape reconstruction, and specialist archaeological sampling advice. We are also joined by Dr Mike Lobb, our new Geomatics, Historic Buildings and Conservation Management Project Manager. We would like to warmly welcome Julie Wray, who joins our office team as our Administrator. For more information about any of the above services please contact us at trentpeak@yorkat.co.uk or on 0115 8967400.  
2018 Festival of Caves                             January 2018 Trent & Peak is looking forward to being involved in the 2018 Caves Festival, which returns on 11-13 May. Organised by Nottingham City Council and Acting City Archaeologist Scott Lomax, the festival was first held in 2016 and brings to life the unique network of man-made caves lying beneath the streets of Nottingham.   Find out more about Nottingham’s caves. More information about the 2018 festival to come at a later date.  
Site open day: Saturday 9 December    November 2017 Open day and chance to excavate at this site near Chesterfield, which is revealing a buried Roman landscape dating to the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD Trent & Peak Archaeology is currently excavating a site  at Wingerworth that has yielded a high concentration of Romano-British archaeology. The site is dominated by a large rectilinear ditched enclosure, within which lie defined areas that may have been property boundaries, pens or working areas. Evidence of kilns/ovens has also been found, indicating small-scale industrial activity. A small stone structure uncovered may similarly have had a storage function. An exceptionally large, 8 metre wide, Romano-British ditch idominates the site and may be part of a further enclosure now obscured by woodland. Our site open day on 9 December gives members of the public the chance to see displays of finds uncovered by our archaeologists, join a tour of the site and even excavate. Hour-long excavation slots (ages 10-plus, with ages 10-16 accompanied by an adult) also offer visitors the opportunity to help excavate part of the large 8 metre wide Roman ditch.   Pre-booking is advised, and can be made online or by telephone.
New appointment: Fiona Moore         December 2017 TPA is delighted to welcome Fiona Moore ACIfA Fiona joins us as our new Heritage Consultancy Project Manager. For more information about our Heritage Consultancy services please conact Fiona at fmoore@yorkat.co.uk or on 0115 8967400.
News