2017 Lecture Programme

All lectures begin at 7.30pm in Stockton Central Library unless stated otherwise.

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Lectures are free for members (see here on how to join) or come along as a guest for only £4 at the door (if you then decide to join we’ll take the £4 as part payment).

31st January – AGM Plus Bonus Lecture:
The Tyne Brewery Site, Newcastle: Beer, Industry and Moral Turpitude with Richard Annis
Richard covers work on the recent clearance of a large site on the west side of the Newcastle upon Tyne site, looking at its variety of past uses since the 18th century.
Richard started working in archaeology as a schoolboy volunteer, helping on the excavation of the Roman villa at Woodchester, Glos, which contains the largest mosaic pavement north of the Alps. That got him hooked. Most of his work has been in the North of England, at Carlisle, Beverley, Birdoswald, and at Cleveland County Archaeology
Section / Tees Archaeology. For the last 17 years he has worked for Archaeological Services on a wide range of projects, particularly historic buildings and human remains.

28th February
Death and Discovery with David Dance, Freelance Archaeologist
David will discuss the use of Archaeology in Forensic Investigation, exploring the origins of Forensic Archaeology, and its application within criminal investigations of missing or suspected dead persons, with a practical demonstration of Forensic Archaeology in action.
A member of TAS since 2012, David moved to East Cleveland from Essex on retiring from the Metropolitan Police in 2011. He started working life as a hospital Staff nurse, changing career to the Metropolitan Police in 1980. He served for 30 years reaching the rank of Inspector, and in 1992-1994 studied for a BSc Degree in Policing at Portsmouth University. His last 16 years of service was within a Specialist Firearms Unit. He Studied Archaeology and History at Birkbeck College, London University, focusing on Greek and Roman History; and is a member of the Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House. On retirement from the Metropolitan Police, he undertook a full time Master’s Degree, Forensic Archaeological Science, at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

28th March
Fylingdales Moor after the Wildfire with Blaise Vyner
Burning 2.5 square kilometres of moorland, the 2003 wildfire changed the landscape of Fylingdale Moor, revealing many (often previously unknown) archaeological sites including Rock Art, Standing Stones, Cairns, Enclosures and Burial Mounds. Since the fire, many excavations have taken place, including the Stoupe Brow 2004 excavation by
Blaise Vyner and Steve Sherlock, where beautifully decorated stone slabs were found. This talk will give an account of the Fylingdales excavations over the last twelve years, bringing us up to date!
Blaise graduated in Archaeology from University College, Cardiff. His 40 years’ experience as a professional Archaeologist includes County Archaeologist for Cleveland (1978-1991), and Archaeological Consultant since 1994. He has extensive practical experience and research knowledge of the archaeology of Yorkshire and the wider region:
his publications include artefact reports, site reports, over-views and discussions. Formerly the chair of TAS, he has knowledge of British Archaeology in general, with a particular specialism as Prehistorian and Landscape Archaeologist, having published a number of books including, ‘Fylingdales: Wildfire And Archaeology’, and has excavated the site over a long period of time.

18th April (Please note change to usual date!)
To be arranged

30th May
Lindisfarne and the Holy Island Archaeology Project with David Petts
In AD635, King Oswald founded a monastery on Lindisfarne: this quickly became the heart of the great Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Northumbria, and the wellspring of England’s Christianity. Lauded by Alcuin (one of the most prolific historians of his time) as ‘the most venerable place in Britain’, Lindisfarne’s power and influence extended far afield, reaching the heart of Continental Europe. It’s surprising to think such an important site in British history has yet to be found. All known to survive are some carved stone monuments of Anglo-Saxon date, found in the priory ruins in the late 19th/ early 20th century. This talk discusses Lindisfarne, the Holy Island Project, and the investigation into the location of the priory.
David is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology of Northern England, and convenes Durham University’s North-East Research Group. His main interests are Social Archaeology of the 1st Millennium AD, focusing on the development of Christianity. He has carried out fieldwork on the site of Lindisfarne monastery, with collaborators DigVentures,funded through crowd-funding and other grants, including one from National Geographic. Whilst most of his work involves the North of England, he has significant research interests in Wales and Scotland, and the wider North Sea world. David has written books on the Early Medieval Church in Wales and a more theoretical consideration of the process of conversion in the Early Medieval World in Britain and elsewhere. Outside Britain and Ireland, David has a long-standing interest in the Early Church in Brittany and Western Normandy.

27th June
Pons Aelius to Pandon with Jennifer Morrison
Newcastle upon Tyne from Roman to Early Medieval times

25th July
Durham’s Museum of Archaeology and its Collections with Gemma Lewis
Durham opened its first museum in 1833, just a year after the founding of the University. The Archaeology Museum, in Palace Green Library, Durham.  is the successor of this original University Museum. In this lecture, Gemma will discuss the collections held in the Museum.
Gemma is the Deputy Curator of University College, Deputy Curator of the Castle in the Library and Curator of Durham Castle and the Museum of Archaeology in the Castle.

26th September
This Years Archaeology: An Interim Statement with Steve Sherlock
Steve’s annual talk will include Roman Roads, Roman sites, the excavation at Kirkleatham, and recent findings from this year’s excavation at Street House (including an update on the Neolithic House). In addition, Steve will discuss those sites yet to crop up… which could be something special.
TAS member Steve Sherlock has been a professional Archaeologist for 36 years, largely working in North East England. Much of his research focused on East Cleveland, including a number of major excavations, particularly Iron Age and Anglo-Saxon sites. Commercially he excavated and published on later sites, including Medieval settlements
at Castleton and Long Marston. He has been Archaeological Clerk of Works on the A1 road improvements in North Yorkshire, as well as other projects in the area. His work is published in Regional Journals and Conference Proceedings; and in 2012 he published two Tees Archaeology monographs.

31st October
The River Tees Rediscovered with Robin Daniels
The River Tees Rediscovered Project recognises and celebrates the River’s natural and social heritage while protecting, preserving, and enhancing, its unique landscape and driving schemes to allow wider access and enjoyment. The River Tees Rediscovered Partnership aims to reconnect people with the fascinating Heritage of the river. As part of this Heritage Lottery Funded project, several Archaeological excavations have taken place; including sites at Egglescliffe and Dalton on Tees, and the 2017 excavation at Piercebridge. Robin will discuss the results so far in relation to the project and what the future has in store.
Robin Daniels was appointed Head of Archaeology at Tees Archaeology in 1991. Tees Archaeology provides archaeological services to the people and local authorities of Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees and operates throughout the Tees Valley. Robin is currently the The Archaeology Officer, and as the head of service is responsible for its direction and liaison with the partner authorities.

28th November
James Cook: Raising Anchors and Digging for Cottages with Phil Philo
Embarking on a journey through the life connected to Captain Cook, Middlesbrough’s greatest son, Phil will discuss all things Cook, incorporating Archaeology. This will include raising the anchors of the Endeavour and the guns off the Great Barrier Reef; searching for the Endeavour in Newport Harbour, Rhode Island; and digging for Cook’s family cottage in Stewart Park and Great Ayton.
Phil Philo is the Senior Curator, Dorman Museum, part of Middlesbrough Council’s ‘Museums Service’ along the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, Stewart Park. Dorman Museum houses a items in eight themed display galleries. Phil is in charge of service management, strategic development, exhibitions programming and gallery development.
Phil’s specialism with regards to his knowledge on all things related to Captain James Cook is extremely unique.