TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 24 Feb | Roman Binchester: Dr David Petts


February 24 | Roman Binchester: Barracks, Bath-houses and Belief at a Roman Fort | Dr David Petts, Durham University 7.30pm at Stockton Central Library TS18 1TU. Guests are welcome for £4 each on the door.

Members will be able to collect the TAS Bulletin journal 19 (2014-15), Membership cards and 2015 Programme cards. If you are paying or renewing a subscription, please complete a Membership Form.


BinchestergodRecent excavations at Binchester have revealed unexpectedly good preservation of the underlying archaeology. This lecture will provide a chance to hear about the range of exciting discoveries made during the 2014 season of work at the site.

The most spectacular developments have been the uncovering of one of the best preserved Roman bath-houses in northern Britain. Standing in places over 2m high, this structure is one of the highlights of the project. However, exciting progress has been made elsewhere including unpicking the complex remains of a Roman cavalry barrack, and its associated latrine block, and the exploration of structures dating to the very final years of the Roman presence in Britain. Finally, this lecture will explore the increasing evidence we’ve found about the religious belief and ritual activities of the population of Roman Binchester, including a discussion of a rare early Christian ring found at the site.

ac250609arc5About the speaker

David Petts is a Lecturer of Archaeology at Durham University and has been leading the Binchester project since 2009. He is a specialist in early Christianity in Britain with a particular enthusiasm for early medieval monasticism, and is currently in the early stages of developing a research project to explore the archaeology of Holy Island (Lindisfarne).

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TAS BULLETIN 19: 2014-15 Availability | Online & Print

Dear TAS Members,
TAS_Bulletin_19_2014_CvrThe BULLETIN is our annual journal provided exclusively to members since 1994. It covers the latest fieldwork activity and discoveries in the Tees Valley, Cleveland and broader region. We’re delighted to announce availability of Number 19: 2014-15.
  • You can browse and download the BULLETIN now as a PDF file (11 Mb)
  • Printed copies will be available for 2014 and 2015 members at the next lecture, Tue 24 Feb, and will be posted in March if you’re not able to collect
  • Many back copies are available to download and a very limited supply of paper editions is available to purchase at TAS BOOKSTALL at the end of lectures
The PDF downloadable files are  password protected and available only to 2014 and 2015 subscribed members. Email teesarchsoc.news@gmail.com with subject “Bulletin pw” for the password – please include your full subscribed name. When you click the link it may take a minute for the file to load. You will then be prompted for the password. You can view the file in your browser or download it to your computer. Paper back-copies are also available via The British Library inter-library loan.

Contents | A4 68pp + 4pp covers
Editorial | Maureen Norrie
Chair’s Year in Review | Spencer D Carter
Development-led Archaeology in County Durham and Darlington 2013–14: an update from the Durham County Council Archaeology Team | Clare Henderson
Darlington Town Hall 2013 Excavations | Matthew Claydon
Roman Binchester 2014: another successful season | David Petts
A Visit to Durham University Museum of Archaeology with Gemma Lewis, Deputy Curator of Durham Castle and Archaeological Collections | Maureen Norrie
Tees Heritage Protection Alliance: our past for the future | Dan Maddison
Back Garden Excavations: digging in Brotton, Redcar & Cleveland | Michael Roe
Reprise – e-news reprints for members without Internet access
You, Me and Dmanisi: the exciting and complicated world of human evolution | David Mennear
Education Before History: a National Curriculum revolution | Kim Biddulph
Intertidal Prehistoric Peat Beds at Redcar, North-east England: axe marks the spot? | Spencer D Carter
Book Review | The Human Past: world prehistory and the development of human societies | 3rd edition 2013
From the Archives
And Finally…
TAS 2015 Programme | abstracts, images and speaker biographies

Kind Regards,Spence
Spencer Carter | TAS Chair & eCommunications