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Uncover the past at Auckland Castle

7 June 2018

Aspiring archaeologists of all ages can step back through the centuries on a summertime search at Auckland Castle.

Excavations are taking place throughout June at the 900-year-old castle in Bishop Auckland to reveal the footprint of the medieval castle.

Running in partnership between The Auckland Project and Durham University, the dig will reveal how the Castle’s buildings were arranged and give an insight into the day-to-day lives of its medieval inhabitants.

Tours of the dig will be running on a drop-in basis, Monday to Friday, 4 – 23 June where explorers can see inside the trenches and watch archaeologists from Durham University peel back the centuries.

Weekend family archaeology sessions will also take place at 11am and 1pm on 16, 17 and 23 June, giving visitors the opportunity to handle archaeological finds with members of The Auckland Project’s education team.

On Saturday, 23 June visitors can step inside Auckland Castle on a Behind the Scenes Tour to see the work under way to return the property to its former Georgian Gothic splendour.

Booking is recommended for the weekend archaeology sessions, to book a place email:

For regular updates on the excavations, visit the online Durham University Auckland Castle Excavation blog here.

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