Farm site visit 24th July – 5th August 2017 – CANCELLED

This event has now been CANCELLED.

Wardell Armstrong (the firm of archaeologists carrying out the work) received news yesterday from the landowner that access to the field in which the crop marks have been identified cannot go ahead due to the imminent sale of the land.

We are now considering alternative sites to enable this activity to go ahead and will keep the website, Facebook and Twitter updated with any developments.

We are sorry if you were looking forward to this opportunity but access to the land is not within our control.

Come and work with real archaeologists! Cancelled.

This is an exciting opportunity for children (with their parents) to explore the history of Sunderland from Roman times through to the industrial development of the river and city

When – Last week of August and the first week of September

Where – A farm near Ferry Boat Lane, south of Wessington Way, North Hylton

What – We will be field walking and metal detecting, and excavating test pits on the site of cropmarks

Why – to identify crop marks seen across the field in an aerial photograph

An Archaeologist working (Att: Sue Thompson)


There will also be a chance for children to visit the site on the south bank of the river at South Hylton in mid-August when the archaeologists will be exploring the large blocks of stone still in situ in the river.

Access to the dig site itself at South Hylton will not be allowed for children and visitors due to health and safety issues but children will be able to watch the archaeologists at work and look at any finds.

To get involved at the farm site please book in advance by emailing