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.

TAS HAPPY NEW YEAR | Membership Reminder and News Update

Dear TAS Members and Friends,


On behalf of the TEESSIDE Archaeological Society Committee, I hope you all had a warm and relaxing Christmas break. Last year was a great one for TAS — the lecture programme with a bonus slot and many finds-handling opportunities, increasing membership, the CSI forensics event by TAS Secretary Dave Errickson at Teesside University, a heritage planning process workshop in Durham with our friends at AASDN (the “Arch and Archs” of Durham & Northumberland) and CBA North, plus the many fantastic discoveries around our region.

TAS MembershipNow is the time to renew your membership, or join TAS for an eventful 2015. Please download the 2015 Membership Application Form and either post it with a cheque or postal order — note the new address on the form — or bring it along to the AGM on Tuesday 27 January at 7pm (half an hour earlier than usual to give us plenty of time) at Stockton Central Library. Check our website for directions to the library if this will be your first visit. We look forward to seeing you!

IMPORTANT | We can only receive subscriptions with a completed application form. Cheques will be processed after the AGM. And sorry folks: payment by BACs, Paypal or Credit/Debit Card is not currently possible due to high transaction fees and security issues.

Ahead of the AGM we’ll be posting the agenda to all 2014 and 2015 members and hopefully we’ll have the 2015 Programme ready too (see below). 2015 Membership Cards will be distributed at the February lecture and by post if you can’t collect.

TAS 2015 PROGRAMME TASTER! Dates for your diary

All lectures begin at 7.30pm unless stated otherwise. Lecture titles are not yet finalised.

Tue 27 Jan 7.00pm for 7.30 | TAS AGM and Members’ Evening | Lecture: Dr Tim Thompson, Teesside University, “CSI Forensics” | SPECIAL FEATURE! The infamous TAS Christmas Cake courtesy of Mrs Carter senior
Tue 24 Feb | Dr David Petts, Durham University, “Roman Binchester Bling”
Tue 31 Mar | Lisa Westcott Wilkins & Brendon Wilkins, DigVentures, “Crowd-funded Archaeology”
Tue 21 Apr | Jim Brightman, Solstice Heritage, “Archaeology at Kiplin Hall” *NOT the last Tue due to UK Elections*
Tue 26 May | Dr Sarah Semple, Durham University, “Saxon Landscapes”
Tue 30 Jun | BONUS LECTURE! Dr Steve Sherlock, “A1 Archaeology Update”
Tue 29 Sep | Mitchell Pollington, AOC Archaeology Group, “Digging for Money – Commercial Archaeology”
Tue 27 Oct | Dr Carenza “TimeTeam” Lewis, Cambridge University, “Community Archaeology”
Tue 24 Nov | Phil Abramson & Steve Sherlock, “Operation Nightingale Catterick & Cyprus”
Sat 05 Dec 10am Dorman Museum | ELGEE MEMORIAL LECTURE Prof Colin Haselgrove, Leicester University, “Iron Age Royal Centre at Stanwick”


Maureen Norrie, TAS Editor, and I are working on what looks like a truly bumper TAS BULLETIN, our annual journal for members. All being well, Number 19 (2014) should be available for collection at the AGM, otherwise we’ll post copies to 2014 and 2015 members. It will also be available as a password-protected downloadable version, as are our digitised back copies.

Similarly, the 2015 Lecture Programme is complete — again with a bonus lecture in June — and a number of hands-on finds handling opportunities. We’re just waiting for a few abstracts and pictures from the presenters before we get it printed and updated on our website and Facebook page. There will also be a lecture at the AGM after a rapid review of the year, our prospects and Committee elections.

On that note, we’re looking for a new TAS Treasurer to join the Committee since the incredible Mick Butler has been in the post for very many years now and travels around the globe a great deal with his work. Our finances are in good shape with the increase in membership through 2014. If you’re interested, and without a Treasurer we cannot operate, please email us at teesarchsoc.news@gmail.com

Remember  —  your membership is a commitment to our ongoing success as a community that cares passionately about our shared heritage, archaeology, advocacy and learning. Your subscription pays for the lecture venue, speakers’ travel, our public liability insurance and insurance for fieldwork, printing costs, postal mailing and the fantastic BULLETIN journal. TAS VALUE!


In November last year we re-launched the TAS BOOKSTALL thanks to help from new Committee Member Guy Forster, and your Chair donated a shed-load of Roman books with many more to come in January — all available to TAS members at bargain prices. There are a few collectors’ items in the boxes too! BOOKSTALL will be a feature at the end of each lecture, so why not peruse, pick up a bargain, or donate books you’ve already read?


TAS is proud to be an affiliate member of the Council for British Archaeology at a national level and also of the CBA North and CBA Yorkshire regions. Many of you will know about the vital work of the CBA over the last 70 years — lobbying, campaigning, training and advocating for our archaeology and heritage.

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To ensure the CBA has the resources to respond to the significant challenges now facing archaeology — despite it’s proven value to GDP, the economy, well-being and communities — they are running an appeal to raise an additional £250,000 each year for the next three years to support their important work

By investing in the future of the CBA now — as a member, donor friend, ambassador or lifetime member — you can help to provide a stable foundation so that they can continue to resource their vital campaigning and advocacy work, projects and programmes. With unprecedented cuts to the sector, ARCHAEOLOGY MATTERS more than ever, and for future generations too.

Together we can help to give future generations the opportunity for a lifetime of involvement in archaeology. Read more about the ARCHAEOLOGY MATTERS appeal and how you can contribute.

Lastly, I would like to offer personal thanks to all the TAS Committee members for outstanding help, ideas and legwork through 2014 — those new to, remaining on or standing down* from the Committee, and all generous with their own time as volunteers:

  • David Errickson, Secretary (integrating Membership role in 2015)
  • Mick Butler, Treasurer* (remains in post until new Treasurer is appointed)
  • Carole Tyson, Lecture Readiness & Hospitality
  • Maureen Norrie, Editor
  • Bruce Webb-Ireland, Fieldwork & Events
  • Edward Higgins, Membership Secretary*
  • Guy Forster, Bookstall
  • Robin Daniels, Tees Archaeology Liaison & River Tees Rediscovered HLF Landscape Partnership Project (ex officio)

Kind Regards,


Spencer Carter | TAS Chair & eCommunications

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TAS DIARY | Lecture: Roman Roads in North Yorkshire – The Enigmatic Tees Crossing | Sat 13 Dec


Dear TAS Members and Friends,

John Brown, an Independent Researcher and Field Archaeologist, will give the fourth in a series of talks on The Roman Roads of North Yorkshire at Thornton le Street Village Hall between Thirsk and Northallerton on Saturday 13 December 2014 at 2.00 pm. Admission will be £2 at the door. This programme is designed to both report on recent activity and to encourage future research within a professional framework.

About the Lecture

John is Manager of the Mid-Tees Research Project which was founded with the purpose of locating and investigating Roman and early medieval archaeology in the Tees Valley. The present focus is a multi-period site covering an area of approximately 1 square km at Sockburn on the River Tees, which is the postulated Tees crossing of Cades Road (Margary 80a), and has been known as a crossing point of the Tees from early times.

Image | © 2014 Getmapping Plc.

Cade’s Road is named after John Cade of Durham, an 18th-century antiquarian who in 1785 proposed its existence and possible course from the Humber Estuary northwards to the River Tyne, a distance of about 100 miles (160 km). Although evidence exists for such a road on some parts of the proposed route, particularly through North Yorkshire, there is still some doubt regarding its exact course and where it crossed the Tees. The road’s Roman name is unknown, although Cade referred to it as a continuation of Rycknild Street.

The road began at Brough-on-Humber where there was a ferry, a Roman fort and civilian settlement (Petuaria) alongside a major Celtic settlement. It is suggested that it ran northwards through Thorpe le Street and Market Weighton, before gradually turning westwards (possibly following the line of another Roman road) until it reached York (Eboracum). From York it continued northwards to Thornton-le-Street and on to cross the River Tees. It is then assumed to pass through Sadberge and east of Durham City on its way to the Tyne.

An alternative crossing has been suggested between Middleton St George and Middleton One Row, where it is suggested that ‘Pounteys Lane’ is named after a Roman bridge (Bridge of Tees). Indeed bridge remains, and Roman artefacts, have been found there in recent times. This accords with the generally accepted course of the road through North Yorkshire which requires a crossing at this point. John will illustrate his work at Sockburn and his claim that the current evidence shows this crossing to be the more likely.

More Info | Further details can be obtained from John Sheehan: Telephone 01609 771878 or email jgsheehan@btinternet.com

Kind Regards,

Spencer Carter | TAS Chair & eCommunications

TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 25 Nov | Steve Sherlock: Anglo-Saxon Teesside Redated

IMG_1313WNovember 25 | Anglo-Saxon Teesside: 30 years on from the Norton Saxon Cemetery | Stephen Sherlock, Archaeologist Extraordinaire

7.30pm in Stockton Central Library TS18 1TU. Please remember to bring your membership card or a completed application form to join. Guests are welcome for £4 each on the door.


Anglo-Saxon remains were initially found in a field beside Mill Lane, Norton in 1982 and the site was excavated in 1984-5. This proved to be the largest sixth-century cemetery to have been excavated in North East England and is frequently discussed as the northern example of Saxon cemeteries in England. Over the intervening period, the dates of some Anglo-Saxon objects have been reviewed and so one theme Steve will address in his lecture will be the date of the Norton cemetery.

Since 1984 other cemeteries have been excavated in the Tees Valley, for example at Ingleby Barwick in 2003. Furthermore, stray finds have been reported to the Portable Antiquities Scheme. The second theme will be to update the known burial record for Anglo-Saxon cemeteries in the Tees Valley. This will incorporate the latest discoveries to include new finds and burials found in the area in 2013.

Silver pendants and bead from excavations at Norton Anglo-Saxon cemetery where revised dates are argued. Not to scale (courtesy Tees Archaeology). Header image is a re-used pendant from the Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Street House, Loftus (S. Sherlock).

The last theme for the talk will be the placement of objects within the grave. Anglo-Saxon burials have always interested people because of the range of attractive objects found in the grave. Traditionally these “grave goods” were seen as the personal possessions of the deceased. A more recent view considers some objects to be items placed by mourners at the grave side. Steve will also look at the role of heirlooms and antiques, possibly passed down from one generation to the next, that are for a short period of time in the seventh century, placed within graves.

Sherlock, S.J. 2011. Anglo-Saxon Cemeteries in the Tees Valley and Association with Neolithic and Later Monuments, in S. Brooks, S. Harrington and A. Reynolds (eds) Studies in Early Anglo-Saxon Art and Archaeology: Papers in Honour of Martin G Welch, BAR British Series 527, 112–120. Oxford: Archaeopress.
Sherlock, S.J. 2012.  A Royal Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Street House, Loftus, North East Yorkshire. Hartlepool: Tees Archaeology Monograph 6.
Sherlock, S.J. and Simmons, M. 2008. The Lost Royal Cult of Street House, Yorkshire. British Archaeology 100, 30–37.
Sherlock, S.J. and Welch, M.G. 1992. An Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Norton, Cleveland. London: Council for British Archaeology Research Report 82.
Sherlock, S.J. and Welch, M.G. 1992. Anglo-Saxon Objects from Maltby, Cleveland. Durham Archaeological Journal 8, 71–76.

See you there!

Kind Regards,

Spencer Carter | TAS Chair & eCommunications