Castleton Archaeology Overview

A summary of CHS involvement in archaeological projects in and around Castleton beginning in 2007.  The links will take you to detailed accounts of various projects.

Project to locate precisely Castleton’s medieval hospital initially using geophysics to locate signals beneath the ground that might indicate remains of walls  etc. then evolved rapidly from 2011 onward into a series of annual digs.

Time Team project to carry out test pitting with students from Hope Valley College & Cambridgeshire.

Joint project between Castleton and Hope Historical Societies), which involved documentary research, test pitting and landscape archaeology. Click here for Test Pit Reports

  • 2014 >: Test Pits at the western end of Castleton

p1040313_goosehilltp_websmallIn 2014 test pits were dug in various parts of the village mainly in the context of exploring a possible early settlement at the west end near Buxton Road, where it is possible that a small pre-Norman settlement (named as Pechesers in the Domesday Book of 1086) was located.


Exploratory digs to establish the location of a substantial 16th century house built on land where the Methodist Church now stands.

Other interesting finds

See Castleton garden yields medieval drinks vessel  on the CHS Blog (2015)