BUDDING archaeologists and total novices are being offered the chance to dig in at a special site which is delving into the history of a tiny village.

The ongoing project at Thornton-le-Street, near Northallerton, has been funded with a £98,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant and so far has unearthed over 2,500 artefacts. The latest open dig is being held between August 18 to the 26 with bookings made through the schemes website.

The roads to the past project is run through a partnership between the villages dedicated history group and archaeology company Solstice Heritage. Secretary Anne Stockdale said a dig held in May had answered many of their questions about Thornton Le Street. She added: "But there are other areas to explore and many more stories to be told about the people who lived in the village during the medieval period."

The area was always seen as a rich archaeological site going back to the last Ice Age,and local history enthusiasts seized the chance to run the two year project through the heritage fund. For information and to book go to https://roadstothepast2018excavation2.eventbrite.co.uk