Discoveries made in Elwick dig set to be examined

Pictured working at one of the excavations on Elwick Village green are Barbara Irving, Lorraine Watkinson and Tony Bonner.

Pictured working at one of the excavations on Elwick Village green are Barbara Irving, Lorraine Watkinson and Tony Bonner.

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SOME “interesting” discoveries found when residents attempted to unearth the history of Elwick during an archaeological dig have been sent off for experts to examine.

Residents, with the help of archaeologists, spent three days digging up the past of the picturesque village, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, as part of a continuing project looking back at how Elwick used to be.

Despite not finding anything underground from medieval times, the intrigued participants did discover painted pottery dating back to the 17th Century, currency from as far back as 1904 and building foundations believed to stretch back to before 1850.

All of the findings will now be studied by Tees Archaeology before the Elwick Village Atlas group learn the exact extent of what they pulled from beneath the ground during the excavations.

Brian Footitt, chairman of the village atlas group, said: “Although the dig didn’t give us anything medieval it was still extremely enjoyable and interesting.

“When Robin Daniels, the archaeologist, looks through he may prove me wrong and we could have unearthed a real gem.

“It would be great to do it again and possibly have more time.”