Previous programmes

(in reverse chronological order)

Programme 2021-2022

December 2022 Annual Frank Elgee Memorial Lecture, this year hosted by Cleveland Industrial Archaeology Society

29 November 2022 | Stephen Sherlock -Recent archaeological work and TAS Annual General Meeting

25 October 2022 | John Castling – the Auckland Project

27 September 2022  | Paul Frodsham- Lidar landscapes

28 June 2022 | Dr Maureen Norrie, Kira-May Charley |Recording above ground monuments in St Mary’s Churchyard, Norton

The church of St Mary the Virgin, sited on The Green, Norton-on-Tees, dates back to pre-Norman times, and is a focal point of the local community. In early 2020, TAS began a project to record the above ground monuments (mostly 1700s and 1800s, a few dating back to the 1600s) in the churchyard. Alongside this, has been research into the histories of some of those interred there. The project is on-going, and Maureen and Kira will provide an update.

26 April 2022 | Dr Rosie Brigham | The Monument Monitor project: using citizen science to monitor remote heritage sites

Rosie Brigham is a researcher, software engineer, technologist and thought leader for applied AI and citizen collected data. This talk will explore the findings of the successful Monument Monitor project, which aimed to assess how visitor images of heritage sites could be used to assist in their conservation and preservation. The project initially included 20 sites around Scotland and has since been expanded to a further 11. This talk will go over the key findings of the project, and the future of Monument Monitor as Historic Environment Scotland are integrating the project within their working practices.

29 March 2022 | Dr Andrew Tibbs  – A Walk Along Hadrian’s Wall: 1,900 Years of Separating the Romans from the Barbarians

Dr Andrew Tibbs is an archaeologist and historian who specialises in researching Roman activity in Northern England and Scotland.  A Teaching Fellow with the University of Edinburgh, and an Honorary Research Fellow in Archaeology at Durham University, he hosts the popular @RomanScotland Twitter account which he uses to promote the Roman archaeology of Northern Britain to a wide audience. Andrew last spoke to Teesside Archaeological Society in 2020, when he gave a Grand Tour of Roman Scotland. His next book, A Short Guide to Hadrian’s Wall is due out on the 15th April and in his talk, he will be taking us on a walk along the Wall, showing us some of the well-known and lesser-known highlights.

22 February 2022 Exploring the impact of urbanisation on infant lives – considering health and growth in archaeological populations | Dr Claire Hodson

Infancy is a fundamental aspect within all our lives, representing a unique period of growth and development. The first 1000 days of life are now widely recognised as the most vital for our immediate and long-term wellbeing and survival. Thus, understanding the impact of urbanisation on this precarious period of both contemporary and historic lives is important. Considering both growth and health of infant individuals from the archaeological record, this presentation will assess the implications of growing up in urban communities. 

25 January 2022 TAS and Friends

An evening of varied archaeological projects.

30 November 2021 Recent archaeological work | Stephen Sherlock 

This lecture will feature 40 sites that the author has worked on in the Teesside area over the last 40 years. Spaning over 7,000 years from the Late mesolithic period to C20th, some sites will be familiar but others will see light of day for the first time. The talk will cover all periods from Prehistory, Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Medieval to modern, so there should be something for everyone!

26 October 2021 Recent archaeological work at Lindisfarne | David Petts

David Petts is a Lecturer of Archaeology at Durham University. He is a specialist in early Christianity in Britain with a particular enthusiasm for early medieval monasticism. Having recently completed the sixth season of excavation on Holy Island (Lindisfarne), this talk will share some of the latest discoveries and show how archaeological research is providing an interesting alternative perspective on the history of the island than that given in traditional documentary sources.

29 June 2021 | Communities and archaeology in North Yorkshire | Jon Kenny

Jon Kenny is a community archaeologist, awarded the prestigious Marsh Trust Award for Community Archaeologist of the Year in 2015. Formerly of York Archaeological Trust, Jon now works independently.

In this talk, Jon will outline his recent work with different communities in North Yorkshire, including with Beyond Boundaries, a group of people with learning disabilities investigating varied local industrial heritage in Commondale in the North York Moors, and with the Canals and Rivers Trust at Pocklington head canal.

25 May 2021 | Altogether Archaeology and community archaeology | Tony Metcalfe

Tony Metcalfe is the Chair of Altogether Archaeology (AA). A former teacher, he now serves on the advisory committees for the North East of England Research Framework (Historic England), and Belief in the North East project (Durham University) representing community archaeology groups.

Tony will outline the history and activities of AA, which began as a group set up by the North Pennines AONB and now operates independently. The aim of AA is to promote awareness of the archaeological heritage of the North Pennines and the surrounding area; by the involvement of its members of all ages; in archaeological fieldwork and research. AA provides opportunities for members to extend their knowledge of archaeological methods and practice by research, fieldwork and training. Activities have ranged from Name Books, surveys, excavations to finds processing, involving people from schoolchildren to members in their 80s.

27 April 2021 | Bronze Age metals and mobility in Northeast England | Ben Roberts

Rearranged from May 2020 as a result of COVID-19.

After his PhD on the Origins and Early Development of Metallurgy in Western Europe, Dr Roberts became Curator at the British Museum, responsible for the European Bronze Age collections, recording Bronze Age hoards found by metal-detecting in England and researching and co-writing 41 programmes in the British Museum/BBC Radio 4 series and accompanying book A History of the World in 100 Objects. Dr Roberts is now Associate Professor of Archaeology at Durham University, researching the transmission of new objects and technologies in northwest and southeast Europe from the Neolithic to the Early Iron Age.