TAS LECTURE | Reminder for 4th June | NO LECTURE IN MAY |The Neglect of Prehistoric Monuments of Nothern England from a National Perspective | Emma Watson

Please note that there is no talk in May and it has been rescheduled for Tuesday June 4th. The talk will be at Stockton Central Library, starting 7:30PM. The talk is titled ‘The Neglect of Prehistoric Monuments of Northern England form a National Perspective’ by Emma Watson.

Ever noticed that there seem to be few Neolithic and Early Bronze Age monuments in Northern England? Ever wondered why that is?
This talk intends to illuminate the issues behind the neglect of our prehistoric structures from a national perspective.

Emma Watson is a research postgraduate in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University: her research topic is the neglect of Northern England’s Neolithic an Early Bronze Age structures in the archaeological literature of Britain.

We hope to see you all on June 4th, Stockton Central Library.



TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 30th April|*CHANGE OF VENUE* | Uncovering Rievaulx Abbey’s Landscapes | Freya Horsfield.

This month’s lecture will be “Uncovering Rievaulx Abbey’s  landscapes” by Freya Horsfield. PLEASE NOTE that this lecture will be held at Acklam Rugby Club on Saltersgill Avenue, Middlesbrough (TS4 3PR) and NOT at Stockton Library. The start time will remain the same at 7:30PM.

The lecture will contain an update on ongoing work by Durham University to understand the relationships between Rievaulx Abbey, landscape and people. Rievaulx’s relationships affected people at all levels of society, from King Henry II to individual peasants, and left complex traces on the landscape of Northern England from Teesside to South Yorkshire. The fresh interpretation of the landscape and documentary record is revealing that some of the long-accepted myths about a major Cistercian monastery now require revision.

Freya is TAS’s Chairperson and a landscape researcher, who holds a first degree in Archaeology from UCL, and a Masters in Landscape Archaeology, GIS and Virtual Environments from Birmingham University. Her doctoral research at Durham University investigates the landscapes associated with Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire. Freya is also a teacher (Fellow, Higher Educational Academy) interested in the development of adult digital skills. 

We hope to see you all there, 7:30PM at ACKLAM RUGBY CLUB.

TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 26th March |The Buildings of the Historic Core of Skelton | Robin Daniels

This month’s lecture will be held on Tuesday 26th March at Stockton Central Library. The talk will be on the Buildings of the Historic Core of Skelton by Robin Daniels (Tees Archaeology). 

Robin Daniels, Senior Archaeology Officer of Tees Archaeology since 1991 , needs little introduction. Tees Archaeology provides archaeological services to Hartlepool and Stockton on Tees, and operates throughout the Tees Valley. As head of service, he is responsible for its direction and liaison with partner authorities.

We hope to see you all there: 7:30PM start.

TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 26th February | Recent Research on the Bombardmentof the Hartlepools, World War I by Mark Simmons

This month’s lecture will be on Recent Research on the Bombardment of the Hartlepools, World War I by  Mark Simmons (Curator, Museum Development at Museums of Hartlepool).

Mark Simmons has a BA in Ancient History and Archaeology (1989) and a M. Phil in Archaeology (1995), and a career that has taken him from Wales to Sheffield to the North East of England. He has been Curator (Museum Development) with Hartlepool Borough Council from 2016.

We hope to see you all there at Stockton Central Library, 7:30PM start.

Also, don’t forget the great volunteer opportunity on offer from DigVentures: Etched in Stone. For more information see the website https://digventures.com/projects/etched-in-stone/ or contact us. And, Dales Archaeology Day is being held at the end of March. See our previous blog post or contact us for more information.


TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 29th January | AGM and ‘The Last Three Years at Vindolanda’ by Marta Alberti

Happy New Year!

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

This month’s lecture will be presented by Marta Alberti (Site Archaeologist, Vindolanda) on The Last Three Years at Vindolanda (2016 to present). 

Marta Alberti joined the Vindolanda Trust as site archaeologist and assistant to the Director of Excavations in the winter of 2014/2015. She is from Milan, Italy, where she graduated with a BA in Classics and Archaeology, later gaining an MA with Distinction from Newcastle University. She is a passionate field archaeologist with a keen interest in gender studies and in all transition phases: changes in society and landscape over time, why they happen and how.

Remember! Memberships are due for renewal as of now. Fees are £4 for guest attendance at the lecture and £14 for an individual or £23 joint membership for the year.

We hope to see you all there! 7:30PM start at Stockton Central Library.

Also,  DigVentures are running a volunteer project called Etched In Stone. This will be looking at namestones from Lindisfarne and Hartlepool and displaying them in a virtual museum on their website. This project will include free training in photogrammetry, for scanning the sculptures and in helping to create the 3D models which will be displayed on the website. These sessions will be held in Hartlepool between March 2nd and 10th. For more information see the website https://digventures.com/projects/etched-in-stone/ or contact us for more information.

Dales Archaeology Day will be held on Saturday 30th March 2019 at the Richard Whitely Theatre in Giggleswick School (10am-4pm). There will be bookstalls, poster displays and refreshments but this will not include lunch). Tickets are £15 or £12.50 for full-time students or full YAS members. Online bookings are available via the website: https://retail.yorkshiredales.org.uk/products/archaeology-day-school and more information on speakers etc will also be available on the website.


TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 27th November | Teesside Archaeological Society’s Two Heritage Lottery Projects | Dave Errickson

This month’s lecture will be on ‘Teesside Archaeological Society’s Two Heritage Lottery Projects’ by Dave Errickson.

“This talk will discuss the findings from the two recently completed Heritage Lottery Projects. The First World War Project was a building recording exercise which looked to document all remaining buildings in the Tees-Valley area that were utilised in the First World War. On the other hand, the Ice & Fire project was a community project which aimed to explore, record and celebrate the evidence for over ten thousand years of human life, death, ingenuity and persistence. This primarily focussed upon an excavation of several areas on the Eston Hills amongst a desk based assessment and outreach.”

We hope to see you all there!

7:30PM, Stockton Central Library.

Volunteer Opportunities

Here are a couple of volunteer opportunities:

Buildings recording in Hartlepool with Tees Archaeology

“A Townscape heritage scheme is currently funding improvements to Church Street in Hartlepool and as part of the scheme they are funding a building recording programme for Church Street that Tees Archaeology is leading. The recording work will take place between 22nd and 25th October and will be based out of our office in Hartlepool. As with other recording schemes no previous experience is required and training will be provided. we will be recording the exterior of buildings only using photography and forms.” If you would like to be involved, please contact Tees Archaeology or fill out the forms which are available on their website.

Also, there is Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum. This will be held at Queen’s Hall, Hexham, on Saturday 20th October and will be between 9:45-4:15. Tickets are £10.00 and will include tea/coffee in the morning and afternoon. Topics which will be covered include the excavations at Vindolanda during 2018, survey work at Corbridge, the Binchester excavations in 2018, Hadrian’s Wall Community Archaeology programme, Senhouse Museum and current research on the Raetian frontier. If you would like to book a place, please contact boxoffice@queenshall.co.uk or call 01434 652477.

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.

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.