Hidden Valleys Community Project | Summer Events

The Hidden Valleys Community Project has provided details of some exciting events that are happening towards the end of Summer.

There is a Craft Open Day at Ryedale Folk Museum on Sunday 19th August. The museum is located at the centre of the picturesque village of Hutton-le-Hole, near Pickering and contains a variety of reconstructed period buildings which are all furnished in the style of their time. The Hidden Valleys Community Project has been allocated one of these buildings to present a display of historical and archaeological material. Members of the Hidden Valleys Community Project have been invited to assist with various activities on display to the public.

Kildale show is being held on Saturday 1st September and members of the Hidden Valleys Community Project and Teesside Archaeological Society have been allocated a location on the show field to pitch their voluminous tent and banner. Members are invited to assist in the tent and inform the public of the various activities of both groups, with the help of medieval pottery, photographs and plans. The open day starts at 10:30AM and finishes at 4:00PM. Entry is free and if you would like to help on the day, please contact Roger Inman on 01642 633402.

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Volunteer Opportunity | Finds Processing

There is an opportunity for volunteers to help to process the finds from the recent excavation at Skelton. This will require volunteers to help to process finds which will include finds washing and finds marking. This will be held at Skelton Methodist Church at 10AM on Wednesday 22nd August.

There are a restricted number of places available so volunteers will be taken on a first come first served basis. If you wish to be involved, please send your response to Janice Adams at janice.adams@hartlepool.gov.uk.

TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 26th June | Boskin, Skelbuse and Foddergang: Traditional Farm Buildings in the Yorkshire Dales | Jim Brightman

This month’s lecture is on ‘Boskin, Skelbuse and Foddergang: Traditional Farm Buildings in the Yorkshire Dales’ by Jim Brightman.

It will be looking at the ways in which features such as dry-stone walls, traditionally built barns, and hay meadows are still being adapted for use today, despite being part o now defunct farming methods. It will explain their past and present uses and what the future may have in store for them.

Jim Brightman is the partner in Solstice Heritage LLP, independent heritage consultancy and archaeological practice in North Yorkshire.

We hope to see you all there!

7:30PM. Stockton Central Library.

TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 29th May | The Portable Antiquities Scheme in Co. Durham, Darlington and Teesside: Recent Finds of Note | Ben Westwood

This month, our talk will be the rescheduled talk from February. It will be presented by Ben Westwood on The Portable Antiquities Scheme in County Durham, Darlington and Teesside’s Recent Finds of Note.

Throughout the past year, over 500 individual artifacts have been reported to the Durham Office of the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS), ranging from vernacular buttons and buckles to spectacular medieval and Roman coin hoards. This talk will aim to give more information on some of these important finds and enlighten us to some of the work that PAS does in the region.

After many years of fieldwork, most recently for Durham University, Ben has began to work for the PAS in Durham. His primary interests are the Roman period, colonialism and archaeological theory, he is also interested in the material remains from this period, particularly those from the North East.

We hope to see you all on Tuesday!

Stockton Central Library, 7:30PM.

TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 24th April | Piercebridge and the Romans in the North-East | David Mason

April’s talk will be on Piercebridge and the Romans in the North-East with David Mason. This will focus on recent discoveries and research on Roman County Durham and Darlington, concerning both the military and civilians.

David has been County Archaeologist for County Durham since late 2004, with his title being renamed in 2012 as Principal Archaeologist, specialising in the Romans, particularly military, architecture and engineering. Before moving to the North-East, David worked in Chester and Cheshire and has published books on Roman Chester, Early Medieval Chester and Roman Britain and the Roman Navy.

We hope to see you all next Tuesday.

7:30PM, Stockton Central Library.

TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 26th March | Lindisfarne to Lancaster: Community-Based Excavations in the North of England (and a Bit of Scotland | Chris Casswell

Apologies again from those at TAS for having to rearrange last month’s lecture. We hope you had fun and stayed safe in the snow!

This month’s lecture will be offering a summary of DigVentures work at the Anglo-Saxon monastery in Lindisfarne, a Bronze-Age funerary monument and hoard at Lancaster, the Scottish boarders (a sister Andlo-Saxon monastery to Lindisfarne) at Coldingham and a deserted medieval village at Little Driffield.

Chris Casswell is the Head of Fieldwork for DigVentures. He has supervised academic and commercial excavations for the last 10 years. A hard-working and dedicated member of the DigVentures team, Chris enjoys cricket and gardening when he is not working.

(Information from https://digventures.com/about-us/team/)

TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 27th February | The Portable Antiquities Scheme in Co. Durham, Darlington and Teesside: Recent Finds of Note | Ben Westwood

This month’s lecture will be presented by Ben Westwood on The Portable Antiquities Scheme in County Durham, Darlington and Teesside’s Recent Finds of Note.

Throughout the past year, over 500 individual artifacts have been reported to the Durham Office of the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS), ranging from vernacular buttons and buckles to spectacular medieval and Roman coin hoards. This talk will aim to give more information on some of these important finds and enlighten us to some of the work that PAS does in the region.

After many years of fieldwork, most recently for Durham University, Ben has began to work for the PAS in Durham. His primary interests are the Roman period, colonialism and archaeological theory, he is also interested in the material remains from this period, particularly those from the North East.

We hope to see you all next week!

Stockton Central Library, 7:30PM.

 

TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 30th January | AGM and ‘Jowel, Jowel and Listen Lad’ … Vernacular Song and Industrial Archaeology in Northern England’ | Dr Rob Young

Happy New Year!

We hope you had a fantastic Christmas break filled with rest.

This month’s meeting features this year’s AGM and an excellent talk from Dr Rob Young. This concerns how the social context of industrial archaeology can be understood through considering the lives of ordinary people. This can be done through examining sources which are often overlooked by the empirical study of monument types, including vernacular song.

Dr Rob Young is a freelance archaeological consultant who is the former English Heritage/Historic England, Inspector of Monuments for the North East.

At this year’s AGM, there are a number of posts which are up for election. These are:

  • Chair of Teesside Archaeological Society
  • Events Officer for Teesside Archaeological Society

If anyone is interested in sitting in on the committee please get in touch with Dave or any of the other committee members.

REMINDER! Membership fees are now due. It is £14.00 for an individual membership and £23.00 for a joint membership. This cost covers the lecture series of 2018, any events (via insurance) that you may wish to be involved with; including fieldwork and guided walks. It will also include our bumper 2018 bulletin!

 

TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 28th November | James Cook: Raising Anchors and Digging for Cottages | Phil Philo

This month’s lecture will be taking TAS members on an exciting journey through the life of Captain James Cook. Phil is going to discuss Captain Cook, incorporating archaeology into the story. This includes: raising the anchors of the Endeavour and the guns off of the Great Barrier Reef; searching for the Endeavour’s location in Newport Harbour, Rhode Island and digging for his family cottage in Stewart Park, Marton and Great Ayton.

Phil Philo is the senior curator at the Dorman Museum and the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, both in Middlesbrough. He is in charge of service management, strategic development, exhibitions programming and gallery development. The knowledge that Phil has from specialising in Captain James Cook is incredibly unique and certainly, is a lecture not to be missed!

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TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 31st October | River Tees Rediscovered | Robin Daniels

This month’s lecture will be on the River Tees Rediscovered Project. This brilliant project focuses on the archaeology of the River Tees and surrounding areas. It considers the social heritage of the area and also protects and preserves the landscape, allowing for different projects to make the area more easily accessible and enjoyable. As a Heritage Lottery Funded project, there have been several archaeological excavations. Sites include: Egglescliffe and Dalton-on-Tees and the most recent, in 2017, at Piercebridge. At this talk, Robin will speak about the results of the project so far and what exciting things the future has in store for River Tees Rediscovered.

Robin Daniels is currently the Archaeology Officer for Tees Archaeology, having been appointed Head of Archaeology in 1991. Tees Archaeology provides archaeological services to the local authorities and people of Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees. Robin is responsible for its direction.

Robin Daniels

Robin Daniels, Tees Archaeology