DigVentures asking public where they should dig at Coldingham

DigVentures are returning to Coldingham to dig in summer 2018, and are currently asking the public to take part in the decision making over where exactly to place their trenches. They are considering six locations for possible trenches. To find out more and to cast your votes see here.

DigVentures back at Coldingham in 2018

Last year crowdsourcing archaeology initiative DigVentures were at Coldingham, investigating the history of the Priory.

They are returning to the site in summer 2018, and are currently advertising for supporters. Depending on the level of support you can follow the dig online, or even participate as a digger on the spot. See their website for full details.

Upcoming Dig Ventures archaeology dig at Coldingham Priory

Crowdfunded archaeological company Dig Ventures are following up their successful digs at Lindisfarne to look for the related Anglo-Saxon monastery at Coldingham. Members of the public can sign up to join the dig, for a fee, and will learn how to use a trowel and take part in the archaeological excavations and any discoveries made.

The dates of the dig are Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October 2017. For more information, and to sign up, see here.

Two medieval Coldingham journal papers free online May 2016

I’ve just discovered today that there are two recent academic journal papers about the Coldingham area, which are freely available online until the end of May 2016. So download them fast! Normally they are only available to subscribers to the journals, and members of academic institutions that subscribe to them. But to celebrate their new website Edinburgh University Press have made their journal papers all freely available until the end of May.

The two papers are both by academic Dr J. Donnelly. The most recent was published in the April 2016 issue of the Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, titled “The perils and dangers of these knights (and undead peasants): Interpreting English and Scottish Extent Rolls of 1297-1305“. I’ve only glanced through it quickly so far, but it includes some discussion of the Coldingham evidence, including for non-knights – more ordinary people.

The other paper, in some ways a companion piece, was published in the Innes Review in 2012. “Cult and culture in a medieval community: Ayton and Coldingham, 1188-1376“. It is a 52-page article, with much information about the nature of local life in these parishes. Again I’ve only looked at it briefly so far – too eager to post here and tell people to get it while it is still freely available! But it looks superb for giving an insight into life and society in the Coldingham area three centuries and more before surviving parish registers.

Both journal papers are only available freely online until the end of May 2016, so get them now! They will continue to be available online afterwards in a more restricted form, and in print form in academic and university libraries who subscribe to the relevant journals.