VIDEO: Time team uncovering the past in Elwick

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have begun digging for answers to Elwick village’s past in the start of a three-day project.

Excavations are being carried out by Tees Archaeology at the picturesque village green in a bid to unearth secrets of its long history.

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

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

Elwick was established by the Normans in medieval times around 900 years ago.

The dig is part of a wider lottery-funded project called Elwick Village Atlas which aims to help residents learn more about their local wildlife, archaeology and history and then share the information with others.

Tees Archaeology officer Robin Daniels said: “We hope that the excavations will help us identify more specifically when the village was established and perhaps tell us more about what was on the site earlier.

“The parish council has kindly given us permission to excavate on the village green.

“This is the part of medieval settlements which archaeologists are rarely able to examine and it may contain the remains of earlier villages.”

The archaeologists are being helped in their work by residents and volunteers.

Members of the public are welcome to watch the excavations which are taking place today and tomorrow between 10am and 3pm.

The project is also tied in to the Council for British Archaeology’s national Festival of Archaeology, which runs from to July 28.