This month’s exciting lecture is about “Pons Aelius to Pandon – Newcastle upon Tyne from Roman to Early Medieval times”. In this, Jennifer Morrison will be discussing the change of the town in its early stages from a small vicus which surrounded the fort on Hadrian’s Wall to an establishment of an Anglo-Saxon cemetery. Some excavations on the Roman vicus and cemetery have produced some rather fascinating finds and former County Archaeologist Barbara Harbottle has excavated the Anglo-Saxon cemetery. Interestingly, there is no archaeological evidence to date of the Anglo-Saxon settlement which would accompany this. Jennifer’s talk will discuss the alternative suggested locations of the Early Medieval Settlement.
Jennifer is currently working as a part of Newcastle City Council as the Planning Archaeologist and HER (Historic Environment Record) Officer or Tyne and Wear. Alongside this, she also provides archaeological service to Gateshead, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland Councils. Having studied at both Durham and Newcastle University, Jennifer was the former Secretary and President of Northumberland Archaeological Group, the Secretary for the buildings committee for the Society of Antiquaries of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and the Secretary of CBA North. Jennifer is currently a committee member of North East Ancient Egypt Society and the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland.
Please remember that the location of the lecture this week is back at the library as usual.
Please note this month’s lecture can not be held in Stockton Library because it is being used as a polling station. Due to this, there has been a location change to Queen’s Campus, Durham University Stockton Campus room D 004.
Lindisfarne is home to one of the most famous monasteries in England. AD635 was when Kind Oswald founded the monastery, with its influence spreading far afield into continental Europe. This is, however, still to be found. This talk will discuss Lindisfarne, the Holy Island Projevt and the investigation into the location of the priory.
David Petts currently works as Senior Lecturer in Archaeology of Northern England at Durham University. He has worked on projects on the Lindisfarne monastery and has written books on the Early Medieval Church in Wales. David’s main interests are Social Archaeology of the 1st Millennium AD.
(Photo from: https://www.dur.ac.uk/research/directory/staff/?id=5760)
April 2017’s lecture, by Professor Peter Rowley-Conwy of Durham University, considers ‘Early Post-Glacial Hunter-Gatherers of Northern England – and Well Beyond’.
Professor Rowley-Conwy works in the department of Archaeology at Durham University as a professor of Environmental Archaeology. He has a particular interest in pigs and has won two major awards concerning the archaeology of pigs. His pig research determines the seasons of hunting through considering tooth eruption and bone growth.
Concerning a publication titled ‘Wild things in the North? Hunter-Gatherers and the tyranny of the colonial perspective’ he considers the spread and the origins of agriculture. One of his areas of interests includes hunter-gatherers, origins of agriculture and early agriculture.
(Photograph and information from Durham University staff biography page. Found at https://www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology/staff/?id=164)
Tees Archaeology, as part of the Skelton Townscape Heritage Project, is leading a volunteer opportunity working with the local people and any volunteers in investigating and recording Medieval earthworks at Boroughgate in Skelton.
This will include taking part in survey work to create full records of the earthworks, using these records alongside Arial Photographs and results from a Geophysical Survey in order to interpret the earthworks and identify locations for excavations beginning 2018.
The survey work will be taught and no previous experience is required.
Visit http://www.teesarchaeology.com and follow the link titled ‘Skelton Townscape Heritage Project’ or visit http://www.skeltontownscapeheritage.org.uk for more information and the volunteer forms.
(Information above sent via email from Ian Jones, Tees Archaeology)
Eston Hills are a signature feature of Teesside’s landscape. Adam Mead, Durham Archaeology student and Events Coordinator for the society, is project leader on an exciting new endeavour to examine the historical relevance of such an influential area. Titled ICE AND FIRE , the project “aims to explore, record and celebrate the evidence for over ten thousand years of human life, death, ingenuity and persistence.”
For more information, please visit http://www.estonhillsproject.wordpress.com.
The landscape of the moorland at Flyingdales was completely changed following a devastating wildfire in 2003, destroying 2.5 square kilometres of land. This devastating natural disaster unearthed an abundance of archaeological sites including: Rock Art, Standing Stones, Cairns, Enclosures and Burial Mounds, some of which were previously unknown. There have been many excavations since the fire, most importantly the 2004 Stoupe Brow excavation by Steve Sherlock and this month’s speaker: Blaise Vyner.
Blaise has had 40 years experience as a professional archaeologist, working as County Archaeologist for Cleveland (1978-1991) and has much practical experience and knowledge of the archaeology of Yorkshire and the surrounding areas. Blaise is the author of many books, including ‘Flyingdales: Wildfire and Archaeology’ and is well-known within Teesside Archaeological Society.
(Image Source: http://www.blaisevyner.co.uk/contact.php)
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.
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.
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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 excavation 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.
29th Nov | A1 Leeming to Barton: Further up the road | Helen Maclean, Technical Director for Archaeology at AECOM. 7.30pm 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 of 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
Helen 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.
25th Oct | Children of the Revolution | Dr. Becky Gowland, Senior Lecturer at Durham University. 7.30pm 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.
About the Speaker
Dr. Gowalnd is a graduate of the Durham University Archaeology Department. 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.