29th Nov | A1 Leeming to Barton: Further up the road | Helen Maclean, Technical Director for Archaeology at AECOM. 7.30pm at Stockton Central Library TS18 1TU. Guests are welcome for £4 each on the door.
Helen Maclean, Technical Director for Archaeology at AECOM, the design engineers for the A1 scheme, will provide an update on recent finds of the excavations on the scheme, including work at Cataractonium, Bainesse Cemetery and Scotch Corner.
As well as providing the results of the excavations, Helen will provide details of her involvement with the scheme since 2004 and the role of an archaeological consultant. Archaeological work does not just start when construction begins, nor does it end when construction finishes.
Helen will provide details of the extensive research and surveys that were undertaken prior to construction start, and a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the role of the archaeological consultant on a major scheme such as this.
About the Speaker
Helen has been an archaeological consultant since 2001.Prior to that she worked as a field archaeologist in Northampton. She studied at the University of Bradford and was involved with a research project into hunter-gatherer mobility in the Yorkshire Dales.
Since 2004 she has been involved with the A1 Dishforth to Barton scheme, but has also worked on a number of major projects across the UK, including the Olympic Legacy, a 70km pipeline in east Yorkshire, and an overhead powerline in Northern Ireland.
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).