About Us

Our heritage is increasingly under threat and it's crucial to try and preserve as much as we can, while we can.  Local knowledge will not be available for ever.  Artefacts in the ground are under threat from ever-deeper ploughing.  Fields are being developed, factories and housing built upon open areas, wind farms being created in rural areas.  

All of these are a necessary part of population growth (sadly, in some cases).  However, before development takes place, we can try and find out as much as possible about the locale and record it.  

For example, within the last few years with the development of DIRFT (the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal at Crick in Northamptonshire), a Bronze Age settlement was built over and now has concrete bases and several warehouses sitting on it and the information available from such an important site has been lost forever.

Digging Up The Past locates sites, liaises with farmers and land owners, and organises and arranges metal detecting rallies.  Guidance is provided (where necessary) on how to detect and on finds identification.  Participants are encouraged to record significant or important finds with the Portable Antiquities Scheme.  In this way, DUTP instills a responsible approach to artefact recovery and ultimately assists in building up and increasing the knowledge of our heritage.