Keys to the Past

Links

Although archaeologists spend most of their time look at the past they are not afraid to embrace modern technology. There are an ever increasing number of internet sites dedicated to archaeology. Those listed below are just a small sample. 

  • Past Perfect
    Past Perfect is a New Opportunities Fund grant-aided project run jointly by Durham and Northumberland County Councils. It uses the latest in virtual reality interactive technology to bring the archaeology and history of the two counties alive. Visit the website to browse around seven very different archaeological sites and experience how people lived in these places. Search the archive sections to find historical documents, archaeologists' records, photographs, and objects, and learn how these elements helped create a vision of life in the past.
  • Council for British Archaeology
    The CBA is the principal UK-wide non-governmental organisation that promotes knowledge, appreciation and care of the historic environment for the benefit of present and future generations. This site has an excellent guide to UK archaeology on-line.
  • Archaeology Section
    Durham County Council's Archaeology section is responsibility for recording, researching and interpreting the archaeology and built heritage of County Durham and the Borough of Darlington. English Heritage is the national body in charge of looking after the country's historical environment, including archaeological sites and historic buildings.
  • Rescue
    An independent charitable organisation with no ties to government or to any other public body. RESCUE acts to promote archaeology's interests in Britain, and seeks to maintain the position of archaeology as a vital part of our nation's cultural life.
  • The Great North Museum
    The new Great North Museum is the principal museum of archaeology in North-east England. It has an excellent website, with particularly fine range of educational resources.
  • SINE - Structures in the North-East 
    The SINE Project provides a searchable database of images of structures from the North East of England.
  • Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture
    The Corpus of Anglo-Saxon Stone Sculpture (CASSS) is a project to identify, record and publish in a consistent format, the earliest English sculpture dating from the 7th to the 11th centuries. Much of this material was unpublished before the work began, but it is of crucial importance as pointing to the earliest settlements and artistic achievements of the Anglo-Saxon/Pre-Norman English. It ranges from our earliest Christian field monuments (free-standing carved crosses), and innovative decorative elements and furnishings of churches, to humble grave-markers.
  • FARNE - Folk Archive Resource North East
    FARNE (Folk Archive Resource North East) is an exciting and innovative two year project bringing Northumbrian folk music to people's homes across the world. Supported by the New Opportunities Fund, FARNE is creating a new folk music archive on the Internet. Material including music manuscripts, songs, photos and sound recordings from collections across North East England will be digitised and made available on the web. From 17th century manuscripts to twentieth century sound recordings, FARNE will bring resources together and show how Northumbrian music has developed over time.
  • Northumberland Communities
    The Northumberland Communities website contains a range of learning resource material that reflects Northumberland's heritage, providing a base for studying the County's history. The website provides a starting point for understanding the development of communities in Northumberland. It also seeks to illustrate the range of sources for family and local history research that are available via Northumberland Archives Service.
  • Don Brownlow Photography 
    The Borders Photography website features a selection of photographs by Don Brownlow from the border area of England and Scotland. The county of Northumberland and the Scottish Borders region naturally dominate, but the geographical limitation is treated loosely - you will also find images from the Lothians, Dumfries and Galloway, Cumbria, County Durham and Yorkshire. Don has provided many wonderful images used on this website.
  • Graeme Peacock
    One of the best known and most highly regarded photographers of landscapes, cityscapes, architecture, castles, stately homes, people and transport in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham and Cumbria, Newcastle-based Graeme Peacock now has a stock of over 40,000 photographs available for commercial brochures, magazines, advertising, Web sites, calendars & cards in the UK and worldwide. Graeme took many of the marvellous photographs used on this website.
  • Archaeology Expert
    This is useful site containing information and articles on archaeological sites, excavation and Artefacts. ArchaeologyExpert.co.uk was formed to offer a unique reference point and the site contains information on all aspects of archaeology including the facts, myths and famous people, plus sites of interest. The site contains interesting and useful features and articles which have been written by professional journalists and experts.
  • Isaac's Tea trail
    Isaac's Tea Trail is a 36 mile walking trail over a circular route across the North Pennines from Allendale to Alston. This follows in the footsteps of an itinerant tea seller Isaac Holden and is closely associated with the area's lead mining past and also includes Methodist chapels, remote churches and several former bastle houses. Places of particular interest note include the Rowantree Stob Bastle, the Roman fort at Whitely Castle, and one of the oldest Methodist chapels in continuous use at Keenley.