Secrets of the sand are told in new book

Volunteers on site at Low Hauxley.
Volunteers on site at Low Hauxley.
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Treasures unearthed from a dig at Druridge will be revealed in a new book.

Rescued from the Sea: An Archaeologist’s Tale by Dr Clive Waddington charts the story of an excavation project at Low Hauxley to record important historic finds before they are washed away forever.

The 13-week project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, began after the local volunteer archaeologist noticed the remains in the exposed cliff face.

There was then a race against time to uncover, record and preserve the rare and nationally-important finds before they succumbed to coastal erosion.

They included the remains of a hunter gatherer settlement dating back at least 8,000 years and a prehistoric cemetery from 4,000 years ago.

Mesolithic remains were unearthed from when the area was home to families in the Middle Stone Age, and hundreds of animal and human footprints were discovered in peat, along with wooden tools, antlers and nuts.

The excavation project was led by Northumberland Wildlife Trust and managed by Archaeological Research Services, helped by students, community groups, schools and local volunteers.

The book will be launched at a public lecture at the Great North Museum: Hancock in Newcastle on Wednesday, from 6pm to 8pm. The author will be on hand for book-signing.

Entry is free, but places are limited so booking is essential online at www.nwt.org.uk or by calling 0191 284 6884.