We were commissioned by the North Pennines Area of Natural Beauty Partnership to undertake an archaeological evaluation of the Little Engine House at Shildon near Blanchland, Northumberland. The evaluation took the form of a community training excavation, staffed by interested volunteers from the local area and overseen by trained Addyman Archaeology staff.
The project aimed to assess the survival of the Little Engine House, the results feeding into any future decision on further excavation or consolidation works.
The archaeological evaluation resulted in the opening of eight specifically placed trenches over two seasons, each providing details about the survival and extent of the buried structures. Walls were revealed in each of the trenches, demonstrating the excellent preservation of the main structure and showing evidence of phasing and re-use. The project was well attended by local volunteers, all of whom were guided in the basics of archaeological excavation. The trenches showed the site has excellent potential to be fully revealed, consolidated and presented to the public.