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Revised Edition | Tue 22 Jan 2013
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Welcome to your January eNewsletter and a very Happy New Year. While we may continue to be reminded that we’re in the grips of winter, I am delighted to include an extraordinary range of events that extend into the spring and early summer. I have the pleasure to include the 2013 TAS Programme together with many and varied activities across the archaeological and heritage spectrum, both local and regional—extending to subjects far beyond our shores.

If you haven’t already, now is the time to renew your TAS membership either at the January AGM or by post—see the Programme section below. You can also find out how to join TAS.

Read more about a forthcoming art exhibition by fine artist Carmen Mills at Kirkleatham Museum, commencing with a preview event in April during which archaeologists Stephen Sherlock (Loftus) and Pat Hadley (Star Carr) will host a lively debate, followed by music and the chance to view—and interpretCarmen’s drawings and paintings.

Another event to keep an eye open for is the return of Roman finds from the award-nominated Faverdale rescue dig to a venue in Darlington. More information will be sent when details and dates emerge.

As usual, there are opportunities to help researchers and get involved, new discoveries in the news, a selection of new books—including some free downloads—and the eNews archive at the very end of this message.

A number of flyers and documents in this eNewsletter are downloadable in PDF format. You will need (free) Adobe Acrobat reader installed on your computer.

TAS 2013 Programme

Paper copies of the programme have been sent to members by post, will be available to collect at the January AGM Members Evening and will be available on the TAS website very soon. We encourage everybody that can to sign up for email communications since postage is now very expensive and a significant drain on our limited funds.

For those of you who are e-subscribed, please talk to your fellow members and friends who are not—there has never been more training available by public libraries like Stockton (and often free), free computer access available in warm places (also often free), and opportunities to discover, share and get involved.

Please note that not all 2013 lectures are on the last Tuesday of each month. Please check dates carefully.

All lectures take place in Stockton Central Library at 7.30pm unless stated otherwise. Directions to Stockton are provided below.

Tue 29 Jan 2013 | AGM and Members Evening

Short talks, socialising and a chance to renew your membership: £12 Individual and £20 Joint*. Stephen Sherlock’s new Tees Archaeology monograph “A Royal Anglo-Saxon cemetery at Street House, Loftus, North East Yorkshire” will be available priced at £15 | Save £6 postage!

Join TAS or renew your membership*

If you can’t attend the AGM, please send a cheque or postal order (payable to Teesside Archaeological Society) to Mick Butler, TAS Treasurer, 25 Monmouth Drive, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, TS16 9HU. Include your name(s), address, phone number and email address(es).

Image | Stephen Sherlock and Peter Johnson (TAS Member and Street House digger) book-signing at Kirkleatham Museum.
Tue 5 Mar 2013 | Archaeological Landscapes of Swaledale | Tim Laurie Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group

Tim’s lecture will present archaeological landscapes in Swaledale and adjacent areas of the Swale-Tees/Greta interfluve. These landscapes include Mesolithic and Neolithic occupation sites, rock art, ring cairns, burnt mounds and the unenclosed settlements of the Bronze Age which have interesting associations with wide ranging coaxial field systems on the open heather moorland.

The recently completed surveys of the wide ranging coaxial field systems of Swaledale will be detailed and the evidence for their origins, development and relative chronology will be described.

Finally, the horizon of Later, Iron Age and Native Settlements of the Roman Period on the lower dale slopes will be introduced together with the Grinton-Fremington Linear Earthworks, all of which are currently the subject of survey and recent excavations by The Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeological Group. For interim reports on this work in progress see
Image | Cogden Settlements | Tim Laurie.

Tue 26 Mar 2013 | Hart: the Archaeology of a Village during the Second World War | Robin Daniels Tees Archaeology

Robin’s talk will examine the archaeology of Hart between 1938 and 1945 drawing out a picture of how the social upheavals of the inter-war period and the impact of the war can be reconstructed using archaeological techniques.

The Heritage of Hart is a project to document the Historic Environment of the area as it stands today in order to better understand the heritage of the village, to provide a resource for further work and an archive for those in the future. The intention was to focus on the physical aspects of the area that related to the war and to link these to the memories of local people.

The project involved volunteers from Hart History Group and elsewhere and staff of Tees Archaeology and Hartlepool Borough Council Landscape and Conservation Department working together.

The results of the World War II survey were grouped into four categories; Fighting the Invasion, Resisting an Occupation, The Threat from Above and Prisoners of War.
Image | A 'toy' made by an Italian Prisoner of War who was interned at Hart | Shirley Brown.
Tue 23 April 2013 | Past Environments of Fylingdales Moor | Jim Innes University of Durham
Research by Margaret Atherden in the 1980s provided a record of the long-term vegetation history of the area around Fylingdales Moor, since when the exposure of many archaeological sites on the eastern part of the moor by the wildfire of 2003 has shown that it was the location of major human activity during prehistoric and later times.
New pollen analyses from peat deposits in the burned area have given detailed information regarding the vegetation cover and human land use on the moor from the early Mesolithic through to the Late Medieval period. Pollen evidence of forest clearance and agriculture confirms that the area was heavily used by people from the late prehistoric period onwards.

Tue 28 May 2013 |
The Post-Roman Centuries in the Tees Valley | David Petts University of Durham

The Tees valley is often overlooked in studies of early medieval Northumbria. The River Tees is often seen as a border between the two kingdoms of Deira and Bernicia and rarely considered in its own right.

In this lecture David seeks to rectify this imbalance and in the light of recent archaeological discoveries he will trace the development of the region from the end of the Roman Empire through to the Anglo-Saxon Conversion arguing that the Tees Valley was not a backwater, but a key part of the early medieval social and political landscape in the early medieval period.

Image | Saxon brooch from Norton | David Petts.

Jul-Aug 2013 | TAS Summer Fieldtrip | Date and details to be announced

Tue 24 Sep 2013 |
The Changing Landscape of Guisborough 1250–1850 | Barry Harrison

Centuries of diverse land use and over a thousand years of urban development have obscured much of the evidence of the original settlement at Guisborough. It does not appear in written records until AD 1020 and 44 years later the Domesday Survey records a church, a mill and around 3,000 acres of farmland indicating the existence of a well-established Anglo-Saxon or earlier settlement. The original main street appears to have been Belmangate.

For the most part a planned town or bailiwick, laid out around Westgate in the 13th century by the great Augustinian Priory (founded circa 1119) and never granted a borough charter, Guisborough failed to develop much beyond a village and market, despite extensive trading, mining and manufacturing rights. After the Dissolution, development generally took place within original Tenement plots though Guisborough lacked the grander merchant buildings of other towns such as Yarm or Stockton. From 1606 the development of alum industry brought increased wealth but limited development until the advent of the railway and ironstone-mining in the 1850s which saw the influx of migrants and transformation.

Barry’s lecture will help unravel the townscape and explain the evidencesome still visible todayfor Guisborough’s development from the floruit of the Priory to the coming of the industrialists.
Images | Top: The Seat of William Chaloner Esq. of Gisbrough in Cleveland in the County of York, Britannia Illustrata, 1708 | Centre: A detail from the engraving after a design by Leonard Knyff, of The Old Hall, in Bow Street, Guisborough, 1708 | Bottom: Surviving tenement behind Westgate (Barry Harrison).

Tue 29 Oct 2013 | The Romans at Street House, Loftus | Stephen Sherlock

Steve’s lecture will focus upon the excavation of a Romano-British building recognised in 2012 and to be excavated in the summer of 2013.

A Roman building was found during excavations in 2008 and this dated to the 4th century AD. The site found in 2012 is of the same date based upon the artefacts and is provisionally thought to be part of the same complex forming a 4th century Romano-British estate, sometimes called villas.
Image | Roman period building at Street House, Loftus 2012 | Stephen Sherlock.
Tue 26 Nov 2013 | Archaeology in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty | Paul Frodsham North Pennines AONB

Over the past couple of years, local volunteers from the Altogether Archaeology project have completed a range of archaeological fieldwork projects throughout the North Pennines, including investigations of a prehistoric burial site, a Roman road, and a medieval castle. In this presentation, illustrated with images from all the different investigations, project manager Paul Frodsham will explain how people have lived in the North Pennines landscape over the past 10,000 years. He will also explain how members can join in with exciting archaeological research in the area.

The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was designated in 1988. It is also Britain's first European Geopark and a founding member of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network. The North Pennines AONB Partnership holds a Gold Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) Award for its corporate office and tourism activities.
Image | Altogether Archaeology volunteers excavating a newly discovered medieval spiral staircase at Westgate Castle in 2011 | © Paul Frodsham / NPAONB |

Dec 2013 | Elgee Memorial Lecture | Date and details to be announced
How to get to Stockton Library

Stockton Central Library is located off Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1TU.

By Rail | Stockton railway station is located at
Bishopton Lane, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 2AJ, aproximately 400m from the library. Stockton is served by trains between Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough, Newcastle (via Sunderland), Hexham and Carlisle with connections required for Darlington mainline and TransPennine services via York and Middlesbrough.

By Bus | For local and regional bus services, visit the journey planner at
Connect Tees Valley.

Student shuttle between Durham and Queen's Campus via Stockton Town Centre | In term-time a University campus shuttle bus runs between Harvard Avenue (outside Queen's Campus) to Stockton town centre, then to Durham, calling at the Maiden Castle sports centre, the Science Site, New Elvet and the bus station. Daytime services are half-hourly, evening is hourly | More info on services

By Car | Free evening parking is at the rear of the library—turn into the street named The Square towards the river, entering the car park through barriers on the right.

When you arrive | The lecture room is located to the east of the ground floor library area through two sets of double doors. You can also enter from the rear car park (opposite the Police Station) and turn right once inside. Please sign the visitor's book. Guests are welcome for £3 each on the door
—please pay a Committee member. Refreshments are available afterwards. The refurbished library has a cafe upstairs and offers free wifi access.


Conferences, Day Schools,

Events and Exhibitions

Winter-Spring 2013

Here is a selection of events in the north-east of England and Yorkshire that may be of interest to members. If you want to advertise an event or fieldwork, or have seen an event in the media, please send details to the editor at Listings are generally not repeated in each monthly newsletter so please refer to the eNews Archive at the end of this message or on the TAS website.

Booking and fees may apply to some events: please check details or contact the respective organisers.

Mark your diary

The Archaeologist’s Dance exhibition

From Sat April 20 to July 2013| Kirkleatham Museum

‘The Archaeologist’s Dance’ is the title of a new exhibition of drawings and paintings to run from April to July 2013 at the Kirkleatham Museum in Redcar, Cleveland. Based on visits to archaeological sites at Star Carr, Scarborough, and Street House, Loftus, fine artist Carmen Mills has responded with a body of work that considers the work of archaeologists, who as part of their remit juggle the strictures of scientific data, fact and artefact with conjecture, speculation and imaginative interpretation.

The Exhibition opens with an exciting Preview Event on Saturday 20 April 2013 when two archaeologists, Pat Hadley (University of York, Star Carr project) and Dr Stephen Sherlock (finder of the Anglo Saxon Princess treasure, Kirkleatham Museum) enter into lively debate. This will be followed by an interpretation of the two sites set to original contemporary music influenced by ancient instruments (music producer Torque), and interpreted through dance by Scarborough’s Hatton School of Performing Arts. This innovative event will bring the original Saxon treasure housed at the Museum back into the spotlight, demonstrate the treasure beneath our feet, and encourage people to access both fine art and archaeology as important contributors to our cultural heritage.

Entry is free | Reminders will follow

Website: | Abstract Art Digs Deeper blog

More Events...

Council for British Archaeology Yorkshire Group : AGM and Public Symposium | Sat 2 Feb 2013 | York : Members £7, Non-members £10 Booking required

A day of archaeological review open to CBA Yorkshire members and non-members (Symposium) commencing with the Annual General Meeting from 10am to 11am. Refreshments are provided (lunch not provided). Copies of FORUM the journal of CBA Yorkshire (re-designed new series vol 1 2012) will be available free to members and for a fee to non-members—a great opportunity to join CBA Yorkshire. The Symposium lectures include:
  • 11.20am Pontefract Dominican Friary: an update | Simon Tomson
  • 11.50am Street House Excavations 2010-2012: recent discoveries | Stephen Sherlock
  • 12.20pm Malton Mueum: Past and Future | Peter Addyman
  • 2.00pm The Iron Age Nidderdale Project | Gillian Hovell
  • 2.30pm The Possible Gladiator Cemetery at Driffield Terrace, York | Kurt Hunter-Mann
  • 3.00pm WEA Digability across Yorkshire and Humber | Nicola Thorpe
  • 4.20pm Recent Excavations at Boltby Scar Hillfort | Dominic Powlesland
  • 4.20pm Recent recording of traditional buildings in Yorkshire | David Cant
  • 4.50pm Close
More Info | Fountains Lecture Theatre, York St John University, Clarence Street | Website: | Email:

Booking | Download agenda and booking form (PDF) | Send cheque or postal order (payable to CBA Yorkshire) to Trevor Pearson, English Heritage, 37 Tanner Row, York, YO1 6WP (receipts by email or enclose SAE). Please include: Name, Address, Phone number and Email.

Heritage Alliance : Free Workshops | Wed 6 Feb 2013 | York Minster

The Heritage Alliance is running a series of free workshops called ‘Engaging Places’ for managers of heritage sites and historic buildings, aimed at creating a better engagement with local schools and the teaching of history through site visits and so on. Workshops are scheduled to take place in York Minster on the 6th February and Peterborough Museum on the 12th February.

More Info | Event Flyer | Booking Form | Email: | Twitter: @Heritage_NGOs

Friends of Roman Aldborough—The Way Forward : Talk and Discussion | Thu 7 Feb 2013 | Aldborough nr Boroughbridge

It is nearly a year since FORA was set up. At the meeting on Thursday February 7, to be held in Aldborough Village Hall at 7.30 pm, there will be the chance to find out about Community Archaeology—how it could work in Aldborough and to hear the ideas that have been discussed by the Steering Group.

The first half of the meeting will be a talk and discussion on Community Archaeology led by Kev Cale, a local community archaeologist. There will be time for discussion and what interests people. After a refreshment break, Andrew Lawson Tancred, chair of the FORA Steering Group will outline the ideas that have been discussed by the Steering Group to develop the Museum site before taking questions from the meeting.

This is an open meeting—everyone is welcome to attend. It is free to members of FORA and under 16s. Pay at the door: £4 or you can join FORA and attend the meeting free!

More Info | Website: for further details and information about events in April and May | Phone: Mike Turpin on 0113 264 3045.

Saving a Century—Victorian Society Photographs : Exhibition | Until Mon 11 Feb 2013 | Sunderland

The Victorian Society is the national charity campaigning for the Victorian and Edwardian historic environment. It fights to preserve important Victorian and Edwardian buildings and landscapes so that they can be enjoyed by this and future generations. It provides expert advice to churches and local planning authorities on how Victorian and Edwardian buildings and landscapes can be adapted to the way we live now, while keeping what is special about them. It also advises members of the public about how they can help shape the future of their local Victorian and Edwardian buildings and landscapes. It provides information to owners of Victorian and Edwardian houses about how they can better look after their precious buildings. It helps people understand, appreciate and enjoy the architectural heritage of the Victorian and Edwardian period through its publications and educational programmes.

The Society | The Victorian Society, 1 Priory Gardens, London, W4 1TT | Phone: 020 8994 1019 | Website:

Venue | Sunderland City Library and Arts Centre, Fawcett Street, Sunderland, SR1 1RE | Phone: Steve Roman on 0161 434 2908 or | Email:

Hunting in the Middle Ages : Lecture | Tue 12 Feb 2013 | Northallerton

The Northallerton and District Local History Society invites you to a presentation by medieval researcher, art historian and author Richard Almond.

Venue | 7.00pm at Sacred Heart Church Hall, Thirsk Road, Northallerton (Limited parking available) | Non-members welcome: admission £2.50, Students under 18 free entrance | Website:

28th Annual JORVIK Viking Festival : Open Day/Week | Sat 16 Feb to Sun 24 Feb 2013 | York

The heart of the historic city of York will be transformed into a fiery battleground, as the 28th annual JORVIK Viking Festival returns to the city to play out its finale in February 2013. There will be dramatic performances and displays of combat throughout history; a Viking encampment; music from world renowned musicians; walks, talks and craft activities; plus an appearance from master storyteller Terry Deary during the week-long festival which will culminate in a spectacular battle that will see two Viking hordes collide at the Eye of York. For more information and full events listings, visit the website.

More Info | Organiser: Jorvik Viking Centre, DIG & Barley Hall | Website: | Email: | Phone: 01904 543426 | Twitter: @jorvikvikingfestival

Without Whom: 200 years of Antiquarian Endeavour : Exhibition | Sat 16 Feb to Tue 30 Apr 2013 | Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle

More Info | Website:

A Brief History of Tile : Lecture | Wed 20 Feb 2013 | York

Lecture on the history of tile by Jane McComish (York Archaeological Trust) as part of the Yorkshire Architectural and Archaeological Society lecture series.

More Info | Website: | Email:

Why Cultivate? Foraging-farming transitions in Island Southeast Asia : Seminar | Wed 20 Feb 2013 | Durham University Archaeology Department 4.15-6.00pm

Seminar by Graeme Barker (University of Cambridge).

More Info | Email:

The Ecology of Crusading: The Environmental Impact of Conquest, Colonisation and Religious Conversion in the Medieval Baltic : Seminar | Wed 27 Feb 2013 | Durham University Archaeology Department 4.15-6.00pm

Seminar by Aleks Pluskowski (Reading University).

More Info | Email:

The Anglo-Saxons in the North : Exhibition | From Sat 2 Mar 2013 | Barnard Castle

A small display in the Streatlam Galleries from March to December 2013 will highlight the Anglo-Saxon collections at The Bowes Museum, in celebration of the Lindisfarne Gospels in the North East. Objects will include cross shaft fragments and jewellery, illustrating the customs and skills of this ancient but highly skilled civilization.

More Info | Website: | Contact: Rachael Fletcher | Email: | Phone: 01833 690606

CBA Winter General Meeting: The role of local societies in the 21st century : Weekend Conference | Sat 2 to Sun 3 Mar 2013 | York

A weekend conference, based in York, for local archaeological and historical societies and community groups, coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology. Keynote address by Dame Rosemary Cramp, Emeritus Professor of Archaeology, University of Durham.

The discussion-based programme gives societies the chance to explore common issues and share good practice about their future role, from making publications cost-effective, to working with local partners and attracting wider audiences.

The programme starts on Saturday afternoon, with a tour and networking dinner in the evening, followed by a full day of sessions with buffet lunch and refreshments on the Sunday.* Tickets are £45 per delegate. A timetable will be available in the New Year. To book now register online here.

*Please note that the conference takes place in St William’s College which is only accessible via two flights of stairs (no lift is possible due to the historic nature of the building).

More Info | Website: | Phone: 01904 671 417

John Lewyn of Durham and the Castellated Architecture of the Northern Counties : Lecture | Sat 2 Mar 2013 | Architectural & Archaeological Society of Durham & Northumberland | 2.30pm Elvet Riverside 141, New Elvet, Durham

Lecture by Dr Malcolm Hislop (Hislop Heritage).

More Info | Email:

Conflict in Cleveland—and Beyond : Dayschool | Sat 9 Mar 2013 | Middlesbrough

This Spring sees the 16th day school organised jointly by the Centre for Regional and Local Historical Research and the Cleveland and Teesside Local History Society. The day is intended for the general public, who are especially welcome, as well as members of the University and the Society. There will be six invited speakers, who will be talking about military, religious and social conflict in North Yorkshire and South Durham. You can park free of charge immediately outside the Europa Building if you are attending the day school. The entrance to the car park is on Woodlands Road in Middlesbrough, near its junction with Southfield Road.

You can bring your own packed lunch to eat in the Europa Building or go out to an eating place in the neighbourhood. Alternatively you can order a buffet lunch from the University at a cost of £4.50, provided that you order when you are booking your place at the day school.
  • 9.30am Registration
  • 9.45am How dangerous is desperation’: The Battle of the Standard, Northallerton 1138 | Geoff Braddy
  • 11.00am The dog that did not bark and the one that did: Cleveland men in the 1405 rebellion | Dr Melanie Devine
  • 11.45am Religious rebellions | Dr Diana Newton
  • 1.30pm Sedition, riot and rebellion in 18th century North Yorkshire | Prof Peter Rushton
  • 2.15pm How Stockton faced the fear of French invasion | Dr Win Stokes
  • 3.30pm ‘Demonstration Days’: class conflict in Victorian Cleveland | Dr Tony Nicholson
  • 4.15 to 4.30pm Conclusions
Registration, including tea and coffee, is £12. Members of CTLHS, FHS, CLHR and NEEHI pay the reduced fee of £8.50. For those who are unwaged, the fee is £6.

Payment | Please make cheques (payable to Teesside University) and send them with your name and address to Jennifer Dobson, Centre for Regional and Local Historical Research, Teesside University, Middlesbrough TS1 3BA.

More Info | Website: | E-mail: | Phone: 01642 384689

Owt Fresh? Dayschool and AGM of the Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group : Dayschool | Sat 16 Mar 2013 | Leeds

Dayschool and AGM of the Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group with the theme 'Owt Fresh?' The last 40 years: advances in understanding of vernacular buildings.
  • Rural houses of the Vales of North Yorkshire | Barry Harrison
  • Mud, pantiles and tumbled gables - exploring the vernacular architecture of the East Riding | David Neave
  • New perspectives on lower-status housing in late medieval York | Jayne Rimmer
  • Discoveries in Craven | Alison Armstrong
  • Studies of West Yorkshire rural vernacular: how did we get here and where are we going? | Colum Giles
More Info | Website: | Contact: Organisers | Email:

Archaeology and the Historic Environment : Dayschool | Sat 13 Apr 2013 | Grassington Town Hall

The Yorkshire Dales National Park contains a wide variety of unique and fascinating historic landscapes of national importance, and a wealth of vernacular architecture.

Come along to the 2013 day school to hear and engage with speakers as they discuss the results of recent archaeological and historical survey and research across the Yorkshire Dales.

The 2013 day school will have book stalls and poster displays and include talks on:
  • We do have them!" Neolithic long mounds and finding a 'proper' Neolithic in the Yorkshire Dales” | Yvonne Luke
  • Whitfield Syke | Upper Wharfedale Heritage Group
  • Recent excavations at Low Borrowbridge Roman Fort, Tebay | Annie Hamilton-Gibney
  • The Hagg and Harkerside | Swaledale and Arkengarthdale Archaeology Group
  • 'Building Stones of the Yorkshire Dales' | Shirley Everitt
  • Recent Moorland LiDAR survey results | Miles Johnson
  • (Additionally, possibly a talk on developments at Richmond/Middleham Castle)
More Info | Download flyer and Booking form | Email: | Phone: 01969 652 353

The Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival “ride2stride” : Festival | Tue 30 Apr to Mon 6 May 2013 | Leeds/Settle/Carlisle and Various stop-offs

ride2stride is a festival of walks, talks and music along the fabulous Settle-Carlisle railway line. It's a week long celebration of the wonderful landscape and culture of the western Dales and Eden Valley.
The festival is made up of lots of events and activities and things will be happening along the length of the line. Walks will be led from stations by experienced walk leaders. Speakers will share their local knowledge and love of the area, and the pubs will be buzzing with music and song.

ride2stride is for everyone who loves the Yorkshire Dales. Whether you travel to an event by train, live along the line or book your holiday to take advantage of the festival, we're sure you'll have a great time.

More Info | Website: | Email: | Write to ride2stride, c/o Yorkshire Dales Society, Canal Wharf, Eshton Road, Gargrave, North Yorkshire, BD23 3PN

Yesterday Belongs to You 2013 : Open Day/Weekend | Sat 18 May 2013 | Durham

A valuable opportunity for everyone interested in local history and heritage to share their knowledge and passion with local, regional and national organisations and with the general public. This regular event in the County Durham local history calendar is coming back home to County Hall in Durham. Please forward completed form available online along with a cheque made payable to County Durham History and Heritage Forum to Mr David Blair, 22 Oaklea Mews, Aycliffe Village, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 6JP.

More Info | Download flyer | Contact: David Baker | Email: | Phone: 01325 316749

Site Notes

Hide and Seek | Disappearing and

Reappearing Heritage

Case No. 1 | St Helen’s of Eston—the place that lost a thousand stones
The extraordinary story of St Helen’s Church Eston : Resurrection of a 900 year old building

St. Helens, the old Parish church of Eston (Redcar & Cleveland, North Riding of Yorkshire before the 1974 boundary changes), dates back to around AD 1100 although much reconstructed in 1823. Back In 1998, the church had been disused for around 15 years and repeatedly burned out, partially demolished by local vandals—even the vestry had been entirely stolen for its stone, reminiscent of the lead thefts we face today, but perhaps rather more extreme. One wonders whose house extension or garden wall is constructed from the vestry before graffiti covered the rest of the ancient building?

Despite being a Grade II listed building, permission had been granted by English Heritage and local authorities for its demolition. Fortunately Beamish Museum stepped in at the last moment to rescue the church for preservation. They carefully deconstructed it stone by stone for rebuild on the Museum site and work is now nearing completion on the reconstruction of the Church next to Pockerley Old Hall. The careful deconstruction, stone-by-stone, and recording in 1995 also revealed carving and decoration reflecting all of the periods of the church’s long history, including Norman stonework.

Images | Top: Postcard of St Helen's post 1905 as it shows the new east window in place. Both vestry and nave chimneys are still at full height. The only view we have of the vestry chimney before it was cut down. The current beautiful surrounding trees can be seen in their infancy following the planting up of the larger cemetery with specimen trees. This corner by the stream is still readily identifiable today | Centre: After an arson attack 1995 | Bottom: Completion of the walls and roof 2012 at the Beamish Museum, County Durham.
Images | © Beamish Museum Archives.
Case No. 2 | The watermill that time forgot : Yearsley Moor archaeology project

Archaeology volunteers have unearthed a water mill at least 500 years old on Yearsley Moor, near Helmsley. This is a highly significant and important find for the area.

A remarkable feature of the site is the large amount of finds that have been recovered so far; these have included pottery, bone, corroded metal, an undated coin, glass and some puzzling stone objects.

The find is the conclusion of three years of painstaking research and field survey work by Yearsley Moor Archaeological Project volunteers and North York Moors National Park apprentices under the supervision of professional archaeologist Luigi Signorelli. The team is being funded by the Lime and Ice Project, a partnership of six organisations.

They have found the remains of a complex of buildings in the undergrowth and one of them contains a large millstone. The group has also discovered the outline of nearby ponds and watercourses that may well have served the mill. The archaeology team hope to confirm the presence of the mill and to answer more important questions such as how it worked and when it was first constructed.

The project was started in 2009 and has proved to be a very successful volunteer-led activity. The initial objective was for the group of volunteers to survey the Yearsley Moor and Gilling Park area to identify existing archaeological sites and to see if any other unrecorded features might still exist.

The prospective mill is the current site of interest for the group but many other areas have also been investigated; these include Bronze Age burial mounds, ‘bell pit’ coal mines, ancient track ways, two ornamental temple sites, a flight of lakes with two breached dams, a deer park boundary or ‘Park Pale’ and other perplexing lumps and bumps in the landscape that have yet to be explained.

Read More | NYM Full Press Release | Yearsley Moor Exploration Blog | BBC News coverage

Stone circle found at church in Northern England | St Michael and All Angels : Houghton-le-Spring

Archaeologists working at an historic church in North-East England have discovered evidence that the site may have been used for worship since the Stone Age. St Michael and All Angels, Church, in Houghton-le-Spring, has been a site of Christian worship for nearly 1,000 years, but a stone circle found on the site suggests that it may have been used by pagans in Neolithic times.

Parts of the current church date back to the 12th Century, but new finds began to emerge during work in 2008 to make the church more accessible, which have since been analysed by experts. First an Anglo-Saxon doorway and walls were discovered, but then earlier stonework which archaeologists believe suggest the remains of a Roman temple lie beneath the church chancel and also a whinstone boulder circle which suggests the site was used for worship 4,000 years ago.

Further evidence supporting this theory is that Romans tended to build temples on old pagan worship sites. Additionally, the site was originally a mound in the midst of boggy land which would leave it as the only location suitable to build on.

Churchwarden David Turnbull, the official guide of the church said: "When I take schoolchildren round the church, I ask them 'how old is Jesus' and they say 2,000 years. Then I say 'well worship on this site could have been taking place for 2,000 years before him'. The church is special. It has a spiritual feel to it."

Edited from The Northern Echo (18 Jan 2013) |


Action Stations

BBC1 Documentary | First World War

The 1914 shelling of Scarborough, Hartlepool and Whitby

The BBC is making a four-part history documentary series on the First World War, to be shown on BBC One as part of the centenary season in 2014. As part of the opening episode they will be featuring the shelling of Whitby, Hartlepool and Scarborough by German ships in December 1914.

They are searching for people who would be interested in talking to us about the bombing and its aftermath. In particular they are interested in talking to any surviving relatives of those killed, wounded or otherwise affected by the attacks. They are also be interested in talking to any local experts who would be able to tell us about the bombings and how they affected the region. They also hope to film in the area, so would be grateful for any suggestions as to locations that may be worth showing; for example, do any traces of the bombing survive?

The filming period is currently 4-15 March. If you have any suggestions on any of the above please contact Nick Tanner, Assistant Producer, BBC London Arts MC5B3, Media Centre, 201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TQ | Tel: 020 8008 0434 | Mob: 07815 183860 | Email:

North East Ancient Egypt Society

New members and visitors welcome | Lectures and events across the North East of England

The Society was founded in 2009 following a study day held in November 2008 organised by a small group of enthusiasts. It is a non-profit making group, which hopes to have charitable status in the near future, dedicated to the enjoyment of Ancient Egypt in all its forms. It welcomes people of all ages, interests and experience of Egypt.

The Society aims to offer interesting, fun and occasionally academic events for the people of the North East of England and a place where people can meet and share their interest. There are usually six meetings every year at venues in Durham, Newcastle and Middlesbrough. On every last Saturday in November there is the Annual Study Day and AGM.

Recent lectures include the decline and fall of Libyan Egypt, ancient glass technology, the afterlife and mummification, freemasonry and ancient Egypt, spring fieldwork at Tell Mutubis and Karnak, human remains at Amara West. The Society currently has 60 members, but welcomes new members and occasional visitors.

You can contact the Society: Penny Wilson, Department of Archaeology, Durham University, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE | Email:

You can write and subscribe to the occasional emails with information about Society events and other regional and national events even as non-members.

Annual Fees | Single £20, Joint £35, Concessions and Junior £15
Meetings | Free for members, £5 Visitors, £3 Concessions
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Portrait of a Seaside Parish | Holy Trinity Seaton Carew by Julie Cordiner
What links Holy Trinity Church, in the small seaside resort of Seaton Carew in north east England, to the Guinness brewery, Captain Cook, Bobby Shafto, the Victorian explorer Isabella Bird, and Zeppelin pilots? The answers lie in this fascinating journey through the history of the community from the building of the church in 1831 to recent times.

Price £10 | All proceeds go to Holy Trinity’s Restoration Appeal to restore the church’s badly eroded stonework. | Menu selection: About Us/Church History Book

Council for British Archaeology | New booklet on the Prehistoric Monuments in the A1 Corridor
New booklet on the prehistoric monuments between Ferrybridge and Catterick along the modern A1 now available to download.

Free Download | Prehistoric Monuments in the A1 Corridor: A guide to the henges, cursus, barrows, standing stones and other monuments (10.6Mb, PDF)

National Museums of Scotland | A Roman Frontier Post and Its People: Newstead 1911-2011 by Fraser Hunter and Lawrence Keppie (eds)
The village of Newstead near Melrose lies close to a site of major archaeological importance. It's just over a century since archaeologist James Curle published the findings of excavations at Trimontium, at one time a key frontier post for the Roman army.

Now a new book, containing a series of essays and illustrations, has been published by National Museums of Scotland. It's aimed at celebrating the discoveries Curle made, as well as outlining the development in knowledge about the site over the past century, and putting Trimontium in its wider context.

Ordering | National Museums of Scotland online for £30

Northumbria: The Lost Kingdom | New book by Paul Gething and Edoardo Albert
Northumbria was one of the great kingdoms of Britain in the Dark Ages, enduring longer than the Roman Empire. Yet it has been all but forgotten. This book puts Northumbria back in its rightful place, at the heart of British history. From the impregnable fastness of Bamburgh Castle, the kings of Northumbria ruled a vast area, and held sway as High Kings of Britain. From the tidal island of Lindisfarne, extraordinary saints and learned scholars brought Christianity and civilization to the rest of the country.

Now, thanks to the ongoing work of a dedicated team of archaeologists this story is slowly being brought to light. The excavations at Bamburgh Castle have revealed a society of unsuspected sophistication and elegance, capable of creating swords and jewellery unparalleled before or since, and works of art and devotion that still fill the beholder with wonder.

Ordering | Amazon online for about £15

Pumps, Pipes and Purity | New book by Bernie Eccleston
By the 1870s, it seemed obvious that if people used less water pumped from wells contaminated by sewage, the risk of spreading waterborne illness and disease would be dramatically reduced. However, not until the 1950s were water mains laid to the majority of households in rural districts across the whole country. Bernie Eccleston uses the experience in North Yorkshire to illustrate how attempts to extend piped water provision were contested in disputes within families and local communities, between tenants and landlords and over who should be responsible for providing public water supplies.

Even when water mains were laid, it became increasingly obvious that they were unable to deliver sufficient supplies to allow people to make proper use of all the new bathrooms and inside toilets that were installed during the 1950s. What was more, inadequacies in the way the industry was organised and regulated left the public exposed to the dangers of drinking water treated by antiquated purification systems. While piped water was available in rural areas like North Yorkshire, deficiencies in the quantity and quality of supplies to the public were evident even in the second half of the 20th Century.

For five years from 1971, Bernie Eccleston lectured in Economic & Social History at the University of Hull during which time he was awarded a doctorate for a thesis on the English labour market in the 18th & 19th Centuries. He was then appointed to the Social Science Faculty at the Open University where his research focussed much more on Asian economic development. Among other publications, he authored 'State and Society in Post-War Japan' (Polity Press, 1989) and co-authored 'The Asia-Pacific Profile' (Routledge, 1998). Shortly before he took early retirement in 1999, he published a study of the social and environmental impact of the proposal to build a huge Hydro-electric dam at Bakun, in Sarawak. Over the past decade, he has been pre-occupied with researching the impact of building another reservoir at Boltby in North Yorkshire in the 1880s. Although the Boltby project was 200 times smaller than the Bakun project, the consequences of its defective operation were felt by people in the Thirsk district for over 75 years.

Ordering | Download flyer (PDF) | £17.50 paperback, £10.00 Ebook (August 2012)

Conformity, Routeways and Religious Experience – the Henges of Central Yorkshire | 2012 paper by Dr Jan Harding
A remarkable cluster of eight giant henges in central Yorkshire are testament to an extraordinary dynamic of building and worship. Built across an area which does not appear to have been permanently occupied, their distinctive and almost identical design—characterised by a pair of opposed entrances, outer ditches, and a uniform size—reflected their role as socially-neutral meeting-places in a system of trans-Pennine exchange and religious worship. The monuments appear to have been built intermittently, and as ‘projects’ they reproduced, celebrated and partly brought into being new types of social reality and identity. There were also important spiritual reasons for building enclosures here, especially across the Ure-Swale Interfluve where six of the eight henges are located. It will be argued this was a place of religious renown and that the monuments, along with their connecting routeways, were part of a sophisticated system of worship with parallels to historic pilgrimage.

Download | PDF offprint from BAR Int 2440 (2012) PDF 5.4Mb
Image | Aerial view of one of the Thornborough henges | © Thornborough Heritage Trust.

Becoming Human | Recommended website
Becoming Human brings together interactive multimedia, research and scholarship to promote greater understanding of the course of human evolution.

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The Archaeological Journal | Royal Archaeological Institute from 1844
Now available free from the Archaeology Data Service

The Royal Archaeological Institute (RAI) is a leading national archaeology society and since 1844 we have annually published the Archaeological Journal. The journal contains papers on the Institute's interests, which span all aspects of the archaeological, architectural and landscape history of the British Isles. It presents the results of archaeological and architectural survey and fieldwork on sites and monuments of all periods as well as syntheses and overviews of such work in the British Isles.
For several years, the RAI has been running a project to digitally scan and make available back issues of the Archaeological Journal. Volumes 1-120, the first 120 years of our journal, are now available to view.

The next stage of our project is to scan journals 121-160 and make these available. The most recent journals (since 2004) are available through their website for subscribing members and libraries, and on a pay-per-view basis on ArchLib.

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About TAS

The Teesside Archaeological Society is an enthusiastic, friendly group who share an interest in the archaeological heritage of the Tees Valley, Cleveland and the surrounding area.

Our rich heritage extends back to the Mesolithic—the 9th millennium BC—with a distinctively north-east take on every way-marker since those distant hunter-gatherers. Our journey spans Neolithic, Copper, Bronze, Iron and Roman eras—yes we have villas, Saxon royalty and Viking hogbacks, Medieval towns, castles, monastic places and pre-Industrialright up to our more recent past.

We welcome everybody who shares an interest, no matter what level of experience or expertise. There are monthly presentations usually on the last Tuesday, a summer field trip, an annual bulletin publication and the chance to find out more about field projects, educational events and community activities.

How to join

Annual membership is a bargain at £12 individual or £20 joint membership, due on 1 January each year. Send a cheque or postal order (payable to Teesside Archaeological Society) to Mick Butler, TAS Treasurer, 25 Monmouth Drive, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, TS16 9HU. Include your name(s), address, phone number and email address(es).

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