TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 25th July| Durham’s Museum of Archaeology and its Collections | Gemma Lewis

July 4th | TAS Lecture: Durham’s Museum of Archaeology and its Collections | Gemma Lewis 7.30pm at Stockton Central Library TS18 1TU (Doors open at 7.00pm). Guests are welcome for £4 each on the door.

Durham opened its first museum in 1833, just a year after the founding of the University. The Archaeology Museum, in Palace Green Library, Durham.  is the successor of this original University Museum.

In this lecture, Gemma will discuss the collections held in the Museum.revealing what was found of the earlier industrial and social history of this part of the city.

 

About the speaker

Gemma is the Deputy Curator of University College, Deputy Curator of the Castle in the Library and Curator of Durham Castle and the Museum of Archaeology in the Castle.

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TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 28th February | Death and Discovery | David Dance, Freelance Archaeologist

Tuesday 28th February | Death and Discovery | David Dance 7.30pm at Stockton Central Library TS18 1TU (Doors open at 7.00pm). Guests are welcome for £4 each on the door.

David will discuss the use of Archaeology in Forensic Investigation, exploring the origins of Forensic Archaeology, and its application within criminal investigations of missing or suspected dead persons, with a practical demonstration of Forensic Archaeology in action.

About the speaker

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David started working life as a hospital Staff nurse, changing career to the Metropolitan Police in 1980. He served for 30 years reaching the rank of Inspector, and in 1992-1994 studied for a BSc Degree in Policing at Portsmouth University. His last 16 years of service was within a Specialist Firearms Unit.

He Studied Archaeology and History at Birkbeck College, London University, focusing on Greek and Roman History; and is a member of the Institute of Classical Studies, Senate House. On retirement from the Metropolitan Police, he undertook a full time Master’s Degree, Forensic Archaeological Science, at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.

David moved to East Cleveland from Essex in 2011 and has been a member of TAS since 2012.

TAS LECTURE AND AGM | Reminder for Tue 31st January | AGM | The Tyne Brewery Site, Newcastle: Beer, Industry and Moral Turpitude | Richard Annis

Jan 31st | TAS AGM plus The Tyne Brewery Site, Newcastle: Beer, Industry and Moral Turpitude | Richard Annis 7.30pm at Stockton Central Library TS18 1TU (Doors open at 7.00pm). Guests are welcome for £4 each on the door.

The closure of the Tyne Brewery in 2005 marked the end of over 120 years of beer-making at the same spot on the west side of Newcastle. Well outside the medieval town

Tyne Brewery 1884. Pencil drawing. Negative Number 54M99

Tyne Brewery 1884. Pencil drawing.
Negative Number 54M99

wall and far from the Roman centre, the site might seem to be of little archaeological interest. Not so: investigation and recording work carried out by Archaeological Services before, during and after the clearance of the site has revealed a great deal of interest in the different uses this land has had. This talk will look at the extraordinary growth of the brewing business that gave the world Newcastle Brown Ale, as well as revealing what was found of the earlier industrial and social history of this part of the city.

About the speaker

Richard started working in archaeology as a schoolboy volunteer, helping on the annis_richardexcavation of the Roman villa at Woodchester, Gloucestershire, which contains the largest mosaic pavement north of the Alps. That got him hooked. Most of his work has been in the North of England, at Carlisle, Beverley, Birdoswald, and at Cleveland County Archaeology Section / Tees Archaeology. For the last 17 years he has worked for Archaeological Services on a wide range of projects, particularly historic buildings and human remains

Richard is Senior Archaeologist in the Department of Archaeology, Durham University.

TAS Lecture | Reminder for Tuesday 25th October | Children of the Revolution| Dr. Becky Gowland, Senior Lecturer at Durham University

25th Oct | Children of the Revolution | Dr. Becky Gowland, Senior Lecturer at Durham University7.30pm at Stockton Central Library TS18 1TU. Guests are welcome for £4 each on the door.

While researching for her PhD, Dr. Becky Gowland became interested in the divide between science and social theory in archaeology and the implications of this for human skeletal analysis and funerary archaeology, and became the co-editor of a book The Social Archaeology of Funerary Remains. More recently, she researched the skeletal remains of children to understand the impact of social processes upon population health. This talk draws upon her work with skeletal remains of children in the North of England during the Industrial Revolution, demonstrating health stresses in both urban-based and rural children. Surprisingly, higher-than-expected rates of health stress were found among rural children: possibly related to the relocation of pauper children from workhouses, to apprenticeships in rural-based Northern mills.

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About the Speaker

Dr. Gowalnd is a graduate of the Durham University Archaeology Image result for Dr. Becky GowlandDepartment. She later undertook an MSc in Osteology, Palaeopathology and Funerary Archaeology taught jointly between the Universities of Sheffield and Bradford. She returned to Durham to complete her PhD. Her studies became the subject of a book The Social Archaeology of Funerary Remains that she co-edited with Dr Chris Knüsel (University of Exeter).

After spells as a research assistant at the University of Sheffield and the Cambridge University she returned to Durham  for the third time as a lecturer in 2006. She currently teaches human skeletal analysis at both Undergraduate and Masters level. She has recently completed a co-authored book Human Identity and Identification with Dr Tim Thompson of Teesside University which examines the inter-relationship between social identity and the biological tissues of the body.

 

 

TAS Lecture | Reminder for Tuesday 28th June | All that glitters. Metal detecting, The Treasure Act and the Portable Antiquities Scheme Revolution | Dr. Ben Roberts

28th June |All that glitters: Metal detecting, The Treasure Act and the Portable Antiquities Scheme Revolution  Dr. Ben Roberts 7.30pm at Stockton Central Library TS18 1TU. Guests are welcome for £4 each on the door.

Dr. Ben Roberts completed his PhD on the Origins and Early Development of Metallurgy in Western Europe at the University of Cambridge. Since then, he worked at the British
Museum as Curator for the European Bronze Age collections, and encompassed the recording of Bronze Age hoards found by metal-detecting in England, and the researching and co-writing of 41 programmes in the British Museum/ BBC Radio 4 series and accompanying book A History of the World in 100 Objects, before joining Durham University Department of Archaeology as lecturer. In this talk, Dr. Roberts will discuss the impact of the Treasure Act (1996, 2002) and the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
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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.

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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.

For further information, links and bibliography click here.

Friday 4th March 7.pm at Low Worsall Village Hall – Time Team and High Worsall Medieval Village with Robin Daniels

In October 1997 Channel 4’s Time Team produced a programme on the Deserted Medieval Village at High Worsall uncovering buildings and investigating farmsteads. The Time Team project was filmed by a local person and this event will be an opportunity to view this film with a commentary by the photographer. There will also be an opportunity to view some of the finds from the excavations and talk to Robin Daniels, who led the archaeology team at the site.

You will also be able to learn more about an excavation project in the village of Low Worsall which will take place in April of this year.

The programme for the evening is:-

7pm for 7.30pm start

  1. Power point intro.
  2. Questions – general discussion and opportunity to look at ‘finds’
  3. Break for glass of wine etc
  4. Video of Time Team event.

 

Robin Daniels, Tees Archaeology

 

 

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.

For further information, links and bibliography click here.

TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 23 February | St Cuthbert’s Corpse | David Williams

Feb 23rd | TAS Lecture | St Cuthbert’s Corpse – a life after death | David Williams 7.30pm at Stockton Central Library TS18 1TU. Guests are welcome for £4 each on the door.

The miracle of St Cuthbert’s incorrupt corpse has been the subject of much fascination18154896 since his death, inspiring pilgrims, monks, and even the construction of Durham Cathedral itself. St Cuthbert’s coffin was opened six times in 1300 years and on each occasion someone kept a record of the body and relics as they were found – Anglo-Saxon monks, the first kings of all England, the Normans, Henry VIII’s henchman, a Georgian antiquarian and Victorian scholars – all bringing different preoccupations and concerns to the same body of material.

David is the author of ‘St Cuthbert’s Corpse – a life after death’, published under the pen name David Willem, . In this talk, David will draw upon research for this book, charting the history of St. Cuthbert’s body through time.

About the speaker

Dr David Williams

David Williams is Alumni Relations Manager at Durham University. He has twenty-three years of experience in communications, mostly at the interface between universities and the wider world and as a freelance journalist. He is the author of Kicking: Following the Fans to the Orient and a former correspondent for The Guardian and The Times.

 

 

TAS LECTURE REVIEW | TAS member Sara Gibson reviews our last lecture by Lauren Wilkinson on recent developments at Vindolanda.

TAS Lecture Review.

TAS member Sara Gibson reviews our last lecture by Lauren Wilkinson on recent developments at Vindolanda.

Lauren gave us an interesting and entertaining view of some of the findings and finds from the past year’s excavations at Vindolanda. As many will know, during the period of occupation the site included a fort and vicus which changed their location as the forts were rebuilt in each period of occupation. Of nine forts thought to have been built on the site during 1st – 5th Century, four have been excavated, at least in part. Below the later vicus, the Severan fort included two rows of roundhouses, the purpose of which is still unclear. The latest excavations have found what is thought could be a post-roman church apse with a water tank or ritual bathing pool nearby

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Lauren spoke about two particular themes: Evidence of Children at Vindolanda has been found in the form of toy weapons, small shoes and writing tablets, in addition to a mysterious child’s burial found underneath the barracks floor. Her second theme concerned “Social Life”: apart from the well-known “birthday invitation” tablet, found a few years ago, games, drinking vessels bathing clogs, and the bath-houses themselves all paint a vivid picture of life at Vindolanda.
Finally, Lauren reminded us that the Vindolanda Charitable Trust runs a very popular volunteer excavation programme from March – September each year. There are still a few places available for 2016, and the programme for next year will open in November. Details on the website