TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 19th April | Nevern Castle in Pembrokeshire| Dr. Chris Caple

April 19 |Nevern Castle in Pembrokeshire Dr Chris Caple, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University7.30pm at Stockton Central Library TS18 1TU. Guests are welcome for £4 each on the door.

Dr, Caple has a long term research interest in Welsh castles and between 1984 and 1995 he directed the archaeological excavations at Dryslwyn Castle in Dyfed.  These Cadw funded excavations produced one of the most detailed excavations of a Welsh castle ever undertaken producing a wealth of environmental remains and evidence of the 1287 siege; they were published as a Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph in 2007.


He subsequently started excavations at Nevern Castle in 2008, revealing a well preserved 12th century castle built of stone mortared with clay and unearthing a threshold containing hidden apotropaic symbols.  These excavations will continue until 2018.

About the Speaker

Chris graduated from University of Wales, College of Cardiff in 1979 with a BSc in Archaeological Conservation.  He carried out his doctoral research on the composition and manufacturing technology of medieval copper alloy pins at the University of Bradford and was awarded a PhD in 1986.  Between 1984 and 1988 he was the artefacts conservator at the York Castle Museum.  In 1988 he became lecturer in Archaeological Conservation and Archaeological Science at the Dept. of Archaeology, University of Durham, becoming a senior lecturer in 1996.  He has He has been a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA) since 2002.

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TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 29th March | The dead DO tell tales | Dr. Andrew Millard

March 29 |The dead DO tell tales Dr Andrew Millard, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University7.30pm at Stockton Central Library TS18 1TU. Guests are welcome for £4 each on the door.

A development site at Cliff’s End Farm, Ramsgate, Kent yielded an extraordinary set Cliff’s End primary burialof burials. The primary burial was carefully arranged but she had been executed by a blow to the back of the head. Other incomplete burials had been rearranged while partially fleshed. Radiocarbon dating shows that they range in date from the late Bronze Age to the middle Iron Age. In this lecture I will explore how isotope analysis has revealed even more about their origins and diet. The people from the site include probable locals, but also an extraordinary range of migrants. Some came from across the North Sea, while others came from a long way south of Britain. The remains from Cliff’s End have major implications for our understanding of trade and migration in this part of prehistory.

About the Speaker

Dr Millard graduated from Oxford University with a degree in chemistry however aAndrew-Millard growing interest in archaeology led him to undertake doctoral work in the Research Laboratory for Archaeology at Oxford. In 1995 he took up a position as lecturer at Durham University where his research has broadened to cover the chemistry of bones and teeth applied to archaeological problems, and Bayesian statistics applied to archaeology, particularly to the analysis of scientific dating techniques, and with wider applications in Quaternary science.

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TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 30 June | The Archaeology of the A1 Dishforth to Barton Road Scheme

June 30 |The Archaeology of the A1 Dishforth to Barton Road Scheme Dr Stephen Sherlock, A1 Archaeology Clerk of Works7.30pm 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.Catterick

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.steve

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).

TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 21 April | The Creation of an Estate: Archaeological Investigations at Kiplin Hall, North Yorkshire

April 21 |The Creation of an Estate: Archaeological Investigations at Kiplin Hall, North Yorkshire | Jim Brightman, Solstice Heritage 7.30pm at Stockton Central Library TS18 1TU. Guests are welcome for £4 each on the door.

The ‘Charting Chipeling’ project was a volunteer archaeology project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and focusing cDSC_0786on the Jacobean and later Kiplin Hall and its grounds, located near Richmond, North Yorkshire. Set within a wider landscape of prehistoric and Roman archaeological sites, the wide sand and gravel terraces flanking the River Swale are known to host archaeological remains ranging from the Mesolithic to the present day and, prior to the building of the Hall, Kiplin was dominated by a monastic grange of the nearby Easby Abbey. Despite this, the Kiplin grounds have been subject to almost no previous archaeological investigation. What has emerged is a fascinating story of the development of the grounds as we see them today, a dynamic period of change and remodelling of the land against a backdrop of societal and industrial reform.

About the speaker

Jim Brightman, Director of Solstice Heritage, is a professional archaeologist and heritage consultant with over a decade of experience in undertaking and supervising planning-led archaeology, research and conservation, and community-based projects. Jim’s wide-ranging experience has included working on urban and rural sites of all kinds, and examining archaeological remains from Mesolithic hunter-gatherers to late Victorian slum housing.

In the early 2000s Jim completed a BA and MLitt in archaeology at Newcastle University during which he developed his passion for the archaeology of northern England which had been first kindled by the castles and abbeys of North Yorkshire as a child. Outside archaeology Jim is a keen musician and hillwalker, and can also be found dangling from rock faces around the north of England. Jim is a fully accredited member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA).

TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 31 March | Crowd-funding and Crowd-sourcing in Today’s Archaeology: Lisa Westcott Wilkins & Brendon Wilkins

March 31 | How Far from the Madding Crowd? Crowd-funding and Crowd-sourcing in Today’s Archaeology | ,DigVentures 7.30pm at Stockton Central Library TS18 1TU. Guests are welcome for £4 each on the door.

Numerous community archaeology projects are undertaken every year in the UK on a wide range of sites by a variety of public, private and third sector organisations. Building on this provision, a new social, digital and collaborative economy is also emerging, creating an access step-change that has made it radically easier for communities to form. The emerging field of digital public archaeology has struggled to adequately theorise these new developments, assuming that all community archaeology projects can be simplified into one of two overarching methodological orientations: ‘top down’ or ‘bottom up’. In the former, projects can be conceived as a stage-managed collaboration between expert and public, with the expert retaining control over design, fieldwork and analysis. In the latter, the agenda is set according to the needs of communities themselves, with the expert relinquishing control of the process into the hands of non-professionals.

Drawing on our ‘Digital Dig Team’ innovation, this presentation will consider new approaches that enable archaeologists to co-fund, co-design, co-deliver and co-create value with their respective communities—innovations that make no sense in terms of top down or bottom up, and demand a rethink of community-based models that rely on economic theory. The digital and collaborative economy is more akin to an ecological system, where socially embedded technologies (often bracketed under the term ‘citizen science’) present archaeologists with a multitude of opportunities to do things radically differently. They open new vistas for archaeological knowledge creation, ultimately realising the value of research through a truly social method.



Lisa is Managing Director and Brendon is Projects Director at DigVentures, a social business at the forefront of culture, technology and entrepreneurship, committed to raising seed capital and increasing participation for sustainable archaeology and heritage projects worldwide.
Their innovative model works to connect heritage sector managers and archaeologists with a worldwide crowd of interested and actively engaged participants, creating a platform for the public to financially support interesting projects as well as to join in, learn new skills and contribute to internationally important research. As a Chartered Institute for Archaeologists Registered Organisation (RO) and the first-ever CIfA Accredited Field School, their work and opportunities are quality-assured at the top of the industry standard.
Over the last two years DigVentures has raised over £65K in seed funding from a globally networked crowd of supporters—money that has gone on to leverage four times that amount for their project partners in match funding.

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.

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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 NEWSFLASH | York Potash Project public consultations Jun-Jul 2014

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Pre-application public consultation events for key aspects of the York Potash Project

Dear TAS Members and Friends,

The latest York Potash (Sirius Minerals) company newsletter has details of their pre-application public consultation events for key aspects of the still-controversial York Potash Project. These focus on a series of local public exhibitions taking place in July. If you are unable to make these events, please visit their website where you can view their project brochure and give them your views online at http://yorkpotash.co.uk/consultation.

Have your say!

York Potash is currently conducting pre-application consultation on its mine and mineral transport system which include:

  • Mine-head facility near Sneaton village, 3 miles south of Whitby
  • 23-mile sub-surface mineral transport system between the mine and Wilton, Teesside
  • Materials handling facility at the Lackenby/Wilton industrial complex
  • Harbour facility near Redcar steelworks on Teesside

“More details on…other impacts such as Historic Environment and Hydrogeology will be available in the Environmental Statement once the planning applications have been submitted.”
– Project Brochure

The polyhalite would be extracted via the mine shafts and transported to Teesside on an underground conveyor belt system in a tunnel that has an average depth of 250m. Once at Teesside the polyhalite would be granulated at the materials handling facility, with the majority being exported from the nearby harbour.

The consultation period runs from 26 June to 22 July 2014 with regional exhibitions throughout July.

Kind Regards,

Spencer Carter | TAS Chair & eCommunications

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TAS NEWSFLASH | Free Archaeology Open Day Sat 31 May | A1 Catterick, North Yorkshire

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Free Archaeology Open Day

Saturday 31 May 2014
Catterick Racecourse, North Yorkshire

Dear TAS Members and Friends,

This is a fantastic chance to see the archaeological work being undertaken in advance of improvements to the A1 Leeming to Barton phase. Many of you will be aware of the important Roman remains around Cataractonium. In a guided walk and site visit, TAS archaeologist Stephen Sherlock and English Heritage’s Neil Redfern will explain the latest discoveries in a landscape occupied for over 10,000 years. Once on site, Northern Archaeological Associates staff will show the progress and finds so far.

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Meet at Catterick Racecourse car park.
This event will provide a first-hand opportunity to see one of the excavation sites where digging has been taking place prior to the construction of the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme.

  • Guided walks will leave at hourly intervals between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm
  • Walks will cross rough ground so suitable footwear is required
  • There will be opportunity to view finds from the recent excavations

Whilst this will be a free event, there will be a charity bucket available, should anyone wish to make a donation to the Great North Air Ambulance.

Kind Regards,

Spencer Carter | TAS Chair & eCommunications

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