TAS NEWSFLASH | TAS Summer Event postponed : Festival of Archaeology begins

Dear TAS Members and Friends,

TAS Summer Event postponed
Those of you who attended the June lecture will recall that I mentioned plans for a summer event
CSI: TEESSIDE, crime scene and archaeological forensics in partnership with Teesside University. We were hoping to run this day event in late July as part of the UK Festival of Archaeology. While plans have been progressing very well, with the full support of the University, I regret that we must now defer not cancel the event until a later date in the year. Unfortunately, a medical situation has arisen which means the prime organiser is unable to complete the event preparations in time. While the issue is serious enough, involving a period of incapacitation, I am relieved to say that our organiser will fully recover. On behalf of the Committee I’m sorry for any disappointment. We will let everybody know when we’re ready to resurrect the event, preferably during a school holiday so that we can host a wide audience.


In the meantime, the 24th Festival of Archaeology runs from Sat 12 to Sun 27 July and promises an exciting range of events across our region.

The festival is the largest celebration of archaeology in the world, with over 1000 events – many free – right across the UK.

Coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology, it is run by over 400 museums and heritage organisations to offer the public a chance to have a go at digging and recording finds, watch experts at work and find out about the latest discoveries in their area. You can peruse event listings at www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk.


To celebrate an amazing summer of archaeology, with the Festival of Archaeology, CBA are running a fantastic photography competition! There are two categories: ‘16 and Under’ and ‘17+’

  • The theme for the ‘16 and Under’ category is Archaeology: A Worm’s Eye View
  • The theme for the ‘17+’ category is People and the Past

More info

Roman Binchester excavations

There are also a few weeks left for excavations at Roman Binchester – a truly amazing season this year with large trenches open around a bathhouse in the civil settlement (with walls approaching two metres in height!) and in the corner of the fort where a barrack-and-stable block is being investigated along with a latrine, ovens and corner turret. If you mention to the supervisors that you’re a TAS member, they’ll do their best to give you an in depth tour of the two areas.

There’s a special Roman Army event and open day on Sat 26 and Sun 27 July. I would also highly recommend the excellent excavation blog (web diary) at: http://binchester.blogspot.co.uk/.

More info

Next TAS Lecture

In addition to wishing you a fantastic summer, whatever you are up to, may I lastly remind you about our next lecture on Tue 30 September at 7.30pm in Stockton Central Library TS16 9HU.

Antony Dixon of Oxford Archaeology North will tell us about two quite incredible early prehistoric sites – and equally challenging excavations. The Carlisle ring road dig included Neolithic wooden tridents in a still-waterlogged ancient river channel and caused Europe to run out of plastic sample tubs. An extension to Ronaldsway airport runway on the Isle of Man had to be conducted at night to avoid aircraft and revealed, amongst many finds, a burnt Mesolithic hut (if not a village), and burning means preservation.

I look forward to seeing you in September.

Kind Regards,

Spencer Carter | TAS Chair & eCommunications

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.

Watch out for TV coverage too!


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

Image | © NAA.