October 27 | Disaster Recovery: Unearthing the Impact of the Black Death in Eastern England | Dr Carenza Lewis, University of Lincoln. 7.30pm at Stockton Central Library TS18 1TU. Guests are welcome for £4 each on the door.
Since 2005, thousands of members of the public, working with university archaeologists, have carried out nearly 2,000 small archaeological ‘test pit’ excavations in more than 50 rural villages, towns and hamlets in eastern England, unearthing tens of thousands of pottery sherds. Analysis of this superficially unremarkable material is allowing archaeologists to map and measure changes in layout and density of settlements over centuries, and has revealed new evidence for the dramatic long-term impact of the set-backs of the 14th century AD which culminated in the Black Death of 1348–9. One strength of this approach is that it can potentially be used anywhere, and the talk will conclude by considering the potential for similar work in areas such as the Tees Valley.
About the speaker
Since 2004, Carenza Lewis MA ScD FSA has been Director of Access Cambridge Archaeology at the University of Cambridge, having previously carried out archaeological research for RCHME (1986–99) and the University of Birmingham (1992–4) and presented Channel 4’s Time Team (1993–2005). Carenza has completed fieldwork and excavation on many sites across southern England and her research interests include medieval rural settlements and landscapes, the archaeology of children and childhood, widening participation in higher education and public engagement with heritage research. Her work has involved thousands of members of the public and was recognised in 2008 with an honorary doctorate from UEA and, in 2009, when shortlisted for the Marsh Award for Public Archaeology. Carenza has recently joined the University of Lincoln as Professor of Public Understanding of Research
September 29 | Community Archaeology | Rebecca Hearne, Community Archaeologist at AOC Archaeology Group. 7.30pm at Stockton Central Library TS18 1TU. Guests are welcome for £4 each on the door.
Unfortunately, Mitchell Pollington of AOC is unable to give this months lecture as scheduled. He sends his apologies, however we are delighted that his colleague, Rebecca Hearne, has agreed to stand in to give us a talk on community archaeology generally as well as an overview of some of the community projects that AOC have been carrying out.
About the speaker
Rebecca Hearne is a Community Archaeologist with AOC Archaeology Group in York. After graduating with an MGeol in Applied and Environmental Geology with the University of Leicester and an MSc in Archaeological Materials with the University of Sheffield, Rebecca worked as a community archaeologist with Portals to the Past and as a field archaeologist with ULAS (University of Leicester Archaeological Services).
June 30 |The Archaeology of the A1 Dishforth to Barton Road Scheme | Dr Stephen Sherlock, A1 Archaeology Clerk of Works. 7.30pm at Stockton Central Library TS18 1TU. Guests are welcome for £4 each on the door.
Steve’s lecture will present the archaeological results from the improvements to the A1 road through North Yorkshire, undertaken on behalf of the Highways Agency between 2009 and 2015. The size of the project—a total length of 24 miles—meant the project was split into two phases, the main site to be excavated during the work in 2009–2010 was the Roman vicus at Healam Beck.
The second programme of work commenced in late 2013 and there has been a broader range of sites—and a substantial increase in the number of artefacts. The sites range from an Early Mesolithic settlement at Little Holtby with over 4,000 flint tools found in 2014, to a burial mound of probable Bronze Age date south of Catterick. The main focus of the excavations is around Catterick, with both Iron Age settlement to the north and Iron Age burials to the south of the Roman fort and town.
The main discoveries have been around Catterick where there are two scheduled ancient monuments. Here there are traces of a Roman cemetery, fields, and metalworking around Bainesse. At Cataractonium, Dere Street has been exposed near the River Swale with Roman buildings alongside and evidence for the town defences near the river itself. The lecture will outline the work at Healam, the approaches to discovering the sites, and present the most up to date interpretations of discoveries around Catterick—although fieldwork and post-excavation analysis will be continuing through 2015.
About the speaker
Steve Sherlock has been a professional archaeologist for 35 years and has spent much of that time working in North-east England and as a TAS member. Whilst much of his research has been focused on East Cleveland, he has undertaken major excavations on Iron Age and Anglo-Saxon sites in the region.
Commercially, he has also excavated and published on later sites such as the medieval settlements at Castleton and Long Marston. He has been the archaeological clerk of works, working on the A1 road improvements in North Yorkshire, as well as other projects in the area. His work is published in regional journals, conference proceedings and in two Tees Archaeology monographs (2012).
Dear TAS Members and Friends,
John Brown, an Independent Researcher and Field Archaeologist, will give the fourth in a series of talks on The Roman Roads of North Yorkshire at Thornton le Street Village Hall between Thirsk and Northallerton on Saturday 13 December 2014 at 2.00 pm. Admission will be £2 at the door. This programme is designed to both report on recent activity and to encourage future research within a professional framework.
About the Lecture
John is Manager of the Mid-Tees Research Project which was founded with the purpose of locating and investigating Roman and early medieval archaeology in the Tees Valley. The present focus is a multi-period site covering an area of approximately 1 square km at Sockburn on the River Tees, which is the postulated Tees crossing of Cades Road (Margary 80a), and has been known as a crossing point of the Tees from early times.
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Cade’s Road is named after John Cade of Durham, an 18th-century antiquarian who in 1785 proposed its existence and possible course from the Humber Estuary northwards to the River Tyne, a distance of about 100 miles (160 km). Although evidence exists for such a road on some parts of the proposed route, particularly through North Yorkshire, there is still some doubt regarding its exact course and where it crossed the Tees. The road’s Roman name is unknown, although Cade referred to it as a continuation of Rycknild Street.
The road began at Brough-on-Humber where there was a ferry, a Roman fort and civilian settlement (Petuaria) alongside a major Celtic settlement. It is suggested that it ran northwards through Thorpe le Street and Market Weighton, before gradually turning westwards (possibly following the line of another Roman road) until it reached York (Eboracum). From York it continued northwards to Thornton-le-Street and on to cross the River Tees. It is then assumed to pass through Sadberge and east of Durham City on its way to the Tyne.
An alternative crossing has been suggested between Middleton St George and Middleton One Row, where it is suggested that ‘Pounteys Lane’ is named after a Roman bridge (Bridge of Tees). Indeed bridge remains, and Roman artefacts, have been found there in recent times. This accords with the generally accepted course of the road through North Yorkshire which requires a crossing at this point. John will illustrate his work at Sockburn and his claim that the current evidence shows this crossing to be the more likely.
More Info | Further details can be obtained from John Sheehan: Telephone 01609 771878 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Spencer Carter | TAS Chair & eCommunications