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.


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


David with Assistant

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 | Reminder for Tuesday 29th November | A1 Leeming to Barton: Further up the road| Helen Maclean, Technical Director for Archaeology at AECOM.

29th Nov | A1 Leeming to Barton: Further up the road | Helen Maclean, Technical Director for Archaeology at AECOM7.30pm 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 oField 177-178 01-04-2015 PM (34).JPGf 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

Maclean_Helen.jpgHelen 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.

Date for the Diary: 27th September. Announcing a change to the next TAS Lecture | Street House Before the Saxons With TAS Member Dr. Stephen Sherlock in which he will be presenting, for the first time, news of a recently excavated site “of regional or perhaps national significance”

27th September | Street House Before the Saxons  Dr. Steven Sherlock 7.30pm at Stockton Central Library TS18 1TU. Guests are welcome for £4 each on the door.

Unfortunately, due to research commitments Debora Moretti has had to cancel her September lecture.  We are delighted, however, that Stephen Sherlock has agreed to provide a talk on the amazing archaeology that has been revealed at Street House extending from earliest times up to the creation of Anglo-Saxon cemetery.
IA Rhouses

Excavations at Street House, near Loftus, since 1980 have revealed a wealth of evidence for different sites for most periods in British Archaeology. The sites range from Neolithic burial sites, Bronze Age burials, ritual or ceremonial sites and settlements, Iron Age farmstead, village and industry, a Romano-British farmstead, settlement and evidence for jet, salt and pottery manufacturing.


All of this was before the creation of a Royal Anglo-Saxon cemetery of national significance at the site. However, excavations in the last two years have revealed another site, not mentioned so far, that  is also of regional or perhaps national significance. This additional site will be presented in this lecture for the first time.

About the Speaker.

steveTAS member Steve Sherlock  has been a professional archaeologist for 36 years and has spent much of that time working in North East England. Much of his research has been focused on East Cleveland where he has undertaken a number of major excavations particularly on Iron Age and Anglo-Saxon sites. Commercially he has also excavated and published on later sites including 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 and conference proceedings and in 2012 he published two Tees Archaeology monographs.

Street House Farm

The Street House Farm story is on display at Kirkleatham Museum. The display includes some of the rarest Anglo-Saxon finds ever discovered, shedding light on the extraordinary life of the Anglo-Saxon princess. The stunning collection found in Loftus, contains pendants and beads that have enabled a reconstructed Royal bed burial dating back to the 7th Century. Admission free and well worth a visit.

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.