The latest news from the Teesside Archaeological Society about forthcoming lectures, events, fieldwork and activities. | April 2012     

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Dear TAS Members and Friends,

Welcome to this first edition of our monthly e-Newsletter! You are also welcome to
submit contributions for future newsletters. From time-to-time we'll send you details of news and events that might be of interest. Do forward the newsletter to friends and spread the word about TAS—see how at the end of this message.

A gentle reminder for our next lecture at Stockton Central Library.

Jennifer Jones will talk about

The conservation of Anglo-Saxon finds from excavations at Street House, Loftus.

Tuesday 24 April at 7.30pm
Saxon Jewel
If you haven't yet visited the award-nominated Saxon Princess exhibition at
Kirkleatham Museum, you're missing out—and it's free! You can also read Stephen Sherlock's excavation blog.

Bring a friend | How to find us

Lectures are free for members. We welcome guests and friends for only £3 each at the door. Refreshments are available afterwards. Better still, invite a friend to join TAS—find out how below.

Stockton Central Library is located at Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1TU. Free 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. Enter the doors at the rear of the building and turn right into the lecture room. Please remember to sign in. We look forward to welcoming you!
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 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.
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Invite a new member | Spread the word!
Annual membership is a bargain at £12 individual or £20 joint membership, due on 1 January each year. You can pay by post using the application form or at one of our meetings—look out for Mick Butler, Treasurer.
2012 Diary dates

24 April
Jennifer Jones

The conservation of Anglo-Saxon finds from excavations at Street House, Loftus
29 May
Angus James

Names of the Egyptian Kings
Field Trip

Date and details to be announced
26 September
Jim Innes

The vegetational history of Fylingdales Moor
30 October
Nicky Milner

Recent Mesolithic discoveries in north-east England
27 November
Paul Frodsham
Archaeology in the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
Elgee Memorial Lecture
Date and details to be announced
New Tees Archaeology monograph | Did the Brigantes really exist?
Stephen Sherlock, now Dr. Sherlock, is well known to Society members, not least for the exciting discoveries at Loftus.

His doctoral thesis is now available as Tees Archaeology Monograph Vol. 5—Late Prehistoric Settlement in the Tees Valley and North-East England (2012) £15.00.

If you missed the chance to purchase a copy at our last meeting, Robin Daniels of Tees Archaeology will be offering more copies and a selection of other publications at our next get-together on Tuesday 24 April 7.30pm, Stockton Central Library. Don’t miss out!
Tees Archaeology Monograph Vol. 5
Fieldwork | Time outdoors

If any TAS members are interested in fieldwork such as field-walking, please send an email to Bruce Webb-Ireland. Bruce is looking at various crop mark sites in the Tees area, although subject to agricultural availability and the weather.
Field-walking and a geophysical (magnetic susceptibility) survey were recently completed at an enigmatic site near Upleatham, with some unusual finds, and fine weather! Bruce would like to thank TAS members David Dance, Helen Turner, Jenny Parker, Linda Davies, Melanie Partlett, Ron Huckle and Spencer Carter for a great day. Bruce is currently processing the finds and will give us all more details in a future newsletter. Upleatham crop mark
Please note that you must be a paid-up TAS member to be covered by insurance.
Bookshelf | Reading ideas
Mindful of new members and people new to the Tees Valley areanorth and south of the mighty river—here are some reading ideas. If you have any recommendations for members, or indeed a book review, please do send them in for the next newsletter.
  • Prehistoric and Roman Archaeology of North-East Yorkshire by D. A. Spratt (ed.), CBA Research Report 87 (1993), out of print but some copies available for under £30 on, and now available to read for free online (CBA).
    While discoveries have been made since its last revision, this still remains the definitive read for south of the Tees up to the end of the Roman era.
  • The North York Moors Landscape Heritage by D. A. Spratt and B. J. D. Harrison (eds.) North York Moors National Park (1996), available to order online for £9.95 plus P&P.
    A gentler guide to the heritage south of the river up to the recent past.
  • PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE, The Archaeology of Northern England by C. Brooks, R. Daniels and A. F. Harding (eds.), Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland (2002), available to order from the AASDN for around £25 plus P&P.
    An overview of the present knowledge and future research agendas for north of the Tees.
Get involved
Festival of British Archaeology 2012
Each year the Council for British Archaeology (CBA) organises the Festival of British Archaeology to showcase the very best of archaeology, by presenting hundreds of special events held by museums, local societies, national and countryside parks, universities, and heritage organisations across the UK.
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The Festival presents everyone with the opportunity to share in their local heritage, to see archaeology in action, and to get involved. Find out what's happening in 2012.

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Kind Regards,
Spencer Carter
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The TAS Committee 2012
Chairman Blaise Vyner
Secretary Linda Davies
Treasurer Mick Butler
Publications Jenny Parker
Refreshments Carole Tyson

The header image in this message is used with permission courtesy of ©Adrian Ashworth. The picture is St Andrew’s Church, Upleatham, Cleveland, a truly beautiful and ancient place. Upleatham's heritage dates back to at least the 8th millennium BC.

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