Welcome to the DIGGING UP THE PAST web site.....

About us.....

Digging Up The Past arranges and hosts metal detecting rallies with a view to recovering and preserving artefacts that form an important part of our heritage.  

We are keen to find and preserve our history and to do this we work closely with our local Finds Liaison Officer representing the Portable Antiquities Scheme.  

DUTP actively encourages significant finds to be recorded with PAS which contributes to building up a 'bigger picture' of our local history.  

We pride ourselves on our responsible approach to metal detecting and the contribution we can make to improving knowledge whilst, at the same time, providing an enjoyable and informative environment for members to enjoy the extremely fascinating and exciting hobby of metal detecting.

Forthcoming OPEN events

  • OPEN WEDNESDAY DIG (Mid Week Dig)... Can you attend?... dig date is Wednesday 26th August and this will be near West Haddon, Northants.  Land is cultivated... the more the merrier ... £15 per person non member .... get your name down by contacting diggingupthepast@outlook.com.  If you wish to join DUTP membership is available to those wishing to become part of a great club!
  • OPEN August Bank Holiday weekend - Friday/Saturday/Sunday/Monday August 27th - 31st 2015.
  • OPEN weekender, 26th - 27th September 2015.

2014 Find of the Year Competition - we have a winner!

Congratulations go to Dave Baverstock for winning the Digging Up The Past 2014 Find of the Year competition with a stunning Celtic silver unit.  Competition was notably fierce but Dave won by a majority vote.  He was presented with an original oil painting of a detecting scene and a bottle of Scotch. Well done Dave!


DUTP Find of the Year 2014 Winner - Celtic Silver Unit



Digging Up The Past is fast establishing itself as the premier detecting club in Northamptonshire.  The membership is steadily growing and the portfolio of undetected land available to choose from increases almost daily.  We feel that it's only coins that should be hammered and not the fields!


Anyone wishing to attend any impending open digs or rallies please contact diggingupthepast@outlook.com.  Unlimited spaces and more planned - watch this space! 


DUTP supports Help for Heroes and other charities at rallies held


Visit the DUTP fundraising page by clicking  HERE