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Medieval mysteries uncovered at historic County Durham castle

3 July 2018

Fascinating features, hidden for centuries beneath the grounds of 900-year-old Auckland Castle, have been uncovered during a major archaeological excavation.

More than 90 archaeologists, students and volunteers from Durham University and The Auckland Project have spent the past month peeling back the centuries at the former home of the Prince Bishops of Durham

Key discoveries include the location of the original medieval chapel, which has remained a mystery for centuries, a 13th century kitchen and the remains of what is believed to be the oldest defensive building unearthed at the Castle to date.

The archaeological excavation, which ran from 4-23 June, is the first in a new series of annual digs to be run by The Auckland Project and Durham University, with archaeologists set to return in 2019 and 2020 to continue their research into the early life of Auckland Castle.

For more information on the discoveries made at Auckland Castle visit the Durham University Auckland Castle Excavation blog. To stay up to date with The Auckland Project click here.

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