Seasonal Archaeology: Castlefield

The Castlefield canal basin on a blisteringly hot and sunny late June day is a sound-scape of noise. There’s the water gushing between the canal gates at the Dukes 92 lock, the rumble of cars across the stone sets (not cobbles, please, these are all squared), and the hubbub of voices, sometimes raised in delight,…

Exploring Hoghton Tower

Thanks to a research grant from the Castles Studies Trust, the Centre for Applied Archaeology at the University of Salford and the Hoghton Tower Trust are currently hunting for the location of the lost Great Keep at Hoghton Tower. The present Hoghton Tower is a fortified, hilltop, manor house. It lies in the Ribble Valley…

Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival 2019

The 2019 Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival starts on Thursday 20th June. Organised jointly by the Centre for Applied Archaeology at the University of Salford and the members of the Greater Manchester Archaeology Federation, across four days there are free events spread across the city region from test pitting at Roman Castleshaw to exploring the graveyard…