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)

TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 18th April | Early Post-Glacial Hunter-Gatherers of Northern England – and Well Beyond | Professor Peter Rowley-Conwy

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)


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY | Skelton (Redcar & Cleveland) Boroughgate Medieval Earthworks Project

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)

ICE AND FIRE | Eston Hills Project

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.

TAS LECTURE | Reminder for Tue 28th March | Flyingdales Moor: After the Wildfire | Blaise Vyner.

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)