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!


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

TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 26th Sept | This Year’s Archaeology: An Interim Statement | Steve Sherlock

Tuesday 26th September, 2017. 7:30PM at Stockton Central Library. Guests are welcome for £4 per person on the door.

Welcome back!

We hope everyone has had a wonderful summer break.

This month’s lecture is on ‘This Year’s Archaeology’ where Steve Sherlock will be discussing the archaeology of the past year and those exciting sites which may crop up  in the future. This will include information on Roman Roads, Roman Sites, the excavation at Kirkleatham and the findings from the excavation at Street House this year and exciting updates on the Neolithic House.

Steve Sherlock has been a professional archaeologist for the past 36 years. He is a member of TAS whose work has centred much around North-East England. His work is published in Regional Journals and Conference Proceedings and has produced monographs for Tees Archaeology.


(Picture from https://teesarchsoc.com/tag/steve-sherlock/)



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 27th June | Pons Aelius to Pandon | Jennifer Morrison

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.

TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 30th May | NOTIFICATION OF LOCATION CHANGE | Lindisfarne and the Holy Island Archaeology Project |David Petts

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)