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December 2014


Project Profile update on A1 archaeology now available. Click here to follow link.

November 2014


A1 Roman excavation site Open Day this Saturday (29th Nov). Tours of the site will leave every half hour from Catterick racecourse car park. Click for further details

On Saturday 29 November 2014, there will be guided tours from Catterick racecourse car park (North of A6136) to one of the archaeology sites currently being excavated. Tours to the excavation will be every hour from 10:30 am, through to 2.30pm (final tour). They will be led by archaeologists from the Carillion - Morgan Sindall Joint Venture and English Heritage, with on-site interpretation from the archaeological team (Northern Archaeological Associates). In a cabin at the car park there will also be the opportunity to look at a small display of photographs and finds from the recent Roman excavations on the A1. For further information please contact the public liaison officer Stuart Culley on 01677 932348

HLF bid for Roker Pier and Lighthouse is on track for submission on the 6th Dec. Fingers crossed now till March

Interesting finds emerging from a phase of watching brief for Yorkshire Water on the Yorkshire Wolds. Keep watching for further details

We are currently undertaking excavation on a possible Roman villa site just outside Chester. Further details coming soon

Excavations now underway at a site in Berwick. Further updates soon.

Work now complete on the Nenthead watercourse survey and excavation - check out the Facebook page for pictures

October 2014


We have new jobs advertised please go to our jobs page. More to follow

September 2014


Our recent email issue is now resolved but anything sent between the 22 and 25 may not have been received so please send again. Sorry for any inconvenience.

NAA are currently experiencing problems with our email service.

We are not receiving emails addressed to address. If your email is urgent then please use the prefix We apologise for any inconvenience and have taken the matter up with our provider

The Roker Pier and Lighthouse consultation period has now been extended to the end of September, Please go to for further information.

August 2014

Roker Pier Consultation Session on Thurs. 28th Aug, come along and have a chat about the proposed plans. We will be at the shelter next to the resort office from 2pm-6.00pm

July 2014

What does Roker Pier and Lighthouse mean to you? We want your views to include in the forthcoming HLF conservation bid. Check out the Roker website for further details.

Paul Johnson, one of our longest serving Project Managers recently left after 11 years. Good luck in your new job Paul, you'll be missed.

We would like to welcome 4 new members of staff to our ranks - Steve Collison and Alistair Zochowski (Project Officers) and Craig Huddart and Kath Bentley (Supervisors). Watch out for their staff profiles soon.

A1 contract - NAA are pleased to announce we are the archaeological contractor on the current A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Scheme Click here for further details

Anti-Aircraft Battery at Crummock Court, North Tyneside. Can you help with any information? Click here

New evidence found for the line of Hadrian's Wall at Benwell - further information coming soon

June 2014

Barnard Castle wall repairs – there will be a public drop in session today (Wed 25th June) at The Witham from 3-7pm. Come along and have a look at the proposed stabilisation plans.


Important new Mesolithic site uncovered during our excavations on the on the A1. Follow the link for the breaking news story

May 2014

There will be and open evening at Lucker Hall, Northumberland, on Friday 13th June from 4.00pm - 6.00pm. Everyone welcome.

You are invited to an archaeology open evening at Lucker Hall, Northumberland (close to Bamburgh) on Friday 13th June 2014. This will be an opportunity to see first-hand some the excavations being undertaken in advance of the new HPB holiday home development. Tours will be undertaken every half hour from 4.00 - 6.00pm. Please where strong shoes or boots. There will also be an opportunity to talk to archaeologists working on the project and have a look at some of the finds and documentary material associated with the site.

This is a free event, all welcome. Please contact Penny Middleton on 0191 3750943 or email for further details. For further information onsite visit our project page.

You are invited to an archaeology day at Catterick Racecourse (north side of A6136) on Saturday 31st May 2014. This will be an opportunity to see first-hand some of the archaeological investigations that have been carried out prior to construction on the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Scheme. The day will consist of:
  • Guided walks to an archaeology dig (starting at 10.30am and continuing at hourly intervals until 3.30pm). This will be crossing rough ground, so strong shoes or boots are advised
  • Opportunity to speak to archaeologists and learn about the work being carried out .
  • The chance to view photos and some finds from recent excavations.
This is a free event for local people to see important items from many years ago in this area. Contact Stuart Culley on 01677 932 348 for further details. To have a look at the previous work undertaken by NAA on the A1 Road Improvement Scheme visit our Project Profile

NAA are looking to recruit 4 new Project Officers (1 Heritage Management, 3 Fieldwork and Consultancy) to join our team. Salary £19,126 - £22,500 depending on experience. Click here for further details.

We are looking to recruit field staff at all levels. Click here for further details.

We are proud to be working with Sunderland City Council on a stage 2 HLF lottery bid for the restoration of Roker pier and lighthouse. Click for BBC coverage of the launch

Our Heritage Management team are starting work on a HLF funded project to restore and enhance the 14th Century Hylton Castle, Sunderland. Click here for new article.

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March 2014

We are all sorry to be saying goodbye to Tania, our Office Manager, who is retiring after over 20 years of stalwart service. We are all really going to miss her. Mary Fraser will be taking over in the meantime but all contact details remain the same

NAA are acting as consultants for Barnard Castle Walls
Barnard Castle Walls - a short programme of remedial works getting underway this week arising out of the feasibility study currently being undertaken by Structural and Civil Consultants work. NAA have acted as heritage consultants on the project and will be monitoring all site works. For more information click here

NAA about to start excavations at Lucker, Northumberland in advance of the development of a new holiday complex Read more

NAA are looking for Supervisors, Assistant Supervisors and Site Assistance to start immediately on projects across the North East.

NAA are currently undertaken a programme of excavations in advance of a major road scheme in North Yorkshire.

The Seaham Community Excavations have now been completed. Click here to see the results

The economy is on the up! We have two 'Strip and Record' excavations in the field in advance of residential developments, one at Yarm and one near Carlisle

Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire - NAA are currently undertaking survey as part of a Parkland Management Plan. View Gallery

NAA are current acting as heritage advisors to a team of specialists assessing the condition of Barnard Castle walls :
Raby Estates, English Heritage and Durham County Council are jointly funding a specialist engineering survey to confirm the condition of Barnard Castle walls and identify the best solution to rectify the current concerns. The survey covers the area from the County Bridge extending along to properties behind Bridgegate. The agreed budget for this specialist survey is £50,000.
Structural & Civil Consultants Ltd (SCC), an independent conservation structural engineering company, have been tasked with providing a brief and advice as to timescales to undertake emergency repair and stablising work. Northern Archaeologist, working as part of the SCC team are acting as heritage advisors to the project.
Commenting on the project, Durham County Council have said:
"All work on site will be carried out by experienced experts with a range of specialist knowledge instructed by project lead Robert Thorniley-Walker, Director of the Northallerton based, Structural & Civil Consultants Ltd.
Mr Thorniley-Walker is one of only a small number of Conservation Accredited engineers in the country and his practice has a proven track-record in the examination of historic structures in the region.
"This project will see the company draw on the knowledge of a number of other regional experts including Barnard Castle's own Northern Archaeological Associates which will provide historical background and archaeological supervision.
"This is a complex and challenging project for the team and the site will be subject to rigorous health and safety regulations for everyone's protection. It is therefore particularly important that anyone without the relevant permissions does not try to access the site for their own safety.
"The purpose of this survey work is to confirm the condition of the walls and to explore how best to proceed.
"We would like to assure both members of the public and the Town Council that this very intricate work is moving forward in the appropriate timescale and is being supported at all times by expert advice in recognition of the site's historic importance."

Lumley Forge Assessment Report is now availible Click Here

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January 2014

NAA would like to wish everyone a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2014

Our NAA Christmas Card raised £265 for the Butterwick Hospice. There is still time to donate at Just Giving

Supervisors and Site Assistants required, for further information click here

NAA in the news again click here

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