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An Early Bronze Age Cemetery at Windmill Fields, Ingleby Barwick, Teesside, North Yorkshire

The report on a rescue excavation conducted in 1996 by Tees Archaeology at a housing development site in Ingleby Barwick is now available  to read online. The excavations uncovered evidence of an Early Bronze Age cemetery with the remains of up to 20 individuals, both burials and cremations.  A high-status burial of a woman had various objects of jet, while a male had a stone macehead. There was also evidence for mummification of some bodies.

URL
 https://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/90106 

Tees Archaeology Team Leader

Tees Archaeology are pleased to announce that they have now appointed an new Archaeology Team Leader. I am sure all our readers and colleagures will give them a warm and friendly welcome. 

Seaton Carew Community Archaeology Project

A SeasScapes Project

The ‘SeaScapes’ Scheme is an exciting coastal heritage and conservation partnership, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, that explores the story of the Tyne to Tees Shores and Seas seascape from prehistory to present day (https://exploreseascapes.co.uk/about/).

Seaton Carew is a medieval village, probably established soon after the Norman Conquest, but the history of the area goes back much further than that. There are peat beds (Hartlepool Submerged Forest) on the beach that date back approximately 10,000 years and contain evidence of people using the landscape.

Roman finds have also been made in the area and there was probably a settlement nearby. It’s likely that Roman ships called at Seaton on their way up the coast to take supplies to Hadrian’s Wall. Over the centuries, the long beach was a place where vessels in distress were beached to escape storms. This includes a wreck of a collier of the type that Captain Cook sailed around the world in the 18th century (this is often covered in sand and is a designated protected wreck).

The Seaton Carew Conservation Area consists mainly of a frontage of properties facing out to the North Sea, with a single road running north to south to the front (the A178). The layout and building character evident in the Conservation Area primarily derives from the economic and social activities between the 18th and early 20th centuries, with three distinctive phases of construction. This has resulted in a mixture of buildings of different periods standing together side by side to produce an interesting and unique appearance.

Tees Archaeology and Archaeological Services Durham University, in collaboration with SeaScapes, are going to be carrying out a community archaeology project working with local people and volunteers to investigate the history of Seaton Carew through workshops, building recording and geophysical survey.

These activities are free to join, but places are limited and must be booked in advance.

Workshop 1

Date: Thursday, 4 April, 10:00 – 16:00. 

Location: Thrive Hive, Seaton Carew Methodist Church, TS25 1BH

This first workshop will give participants an understanding of research methods, enabling them to conduct their own research into an archaeological site or historical area in the future should they wish. Using Seaton Carew as an example, the workshop will focus on the methods used in background research, and will cover the use of maps and documents, aerial photographs, satellite images and LiDAR data. The afternoon will have a focus on building recording – what to record, how to use historic resources to find out as much as possible, and where to find out more information about different building types – in advance of the practical building recording session.

Tea and coffee will be provided, but otherwise participants will need to provide their own refreshments.

There are a number of pay and display car parks in Seaton Carew; the nearest of these to the venue is Rocket House Car Park, which is located a c. 10 minute walk away from Seaton Carew Methodist Church.

Please visit the following Eventbrite page to sign up for this event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/seaton-carew-community-archaeology-workshop-tickets-873195209377

Building Recording

Dates: 8th – 12th April, 10:00 – 16:00

Location: Thrive Hive, Seaton Carew Methodist Church, TS25 1BH

This activity will involve recording buildings in the village, with a focus on the historic core. Participants will initially be guided around the buildings as a group in order to establish the context for the work and to make general observations, following which the group will be led through some examples of how to complete the recording of individual buildings. Smaller groups will then be invited to make their own building records, with periodic assistance, using pro-forma recording sheets and a suitable checklist.

This project will be undertaken over the course of five days, using Seaton Carew Methodist Church as a base. No previous experience is necessary, but participants should be aware that the majority of the project will be outdoors and will need to dress accordingly. Because of the training required we ask that participants attend for at least one full day.

Tea and coffee will be provided, but otherwise participants will need to provide their own refreshments.

There are a number of pay and display car parks in Seaton Carew; the nearest of these to the venue is Rocket House Car Park, which is located a c. 10 minute walk away from Seaton Carew Methodist Church.

Please visit the following Eventbrite page to sign up for this event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/seaton-carew-community-archaeology-project-building-recording-tickets-873223403707

Geophysical Survey

Date: Thursday 18 April, morning session 10 – 12:30, afternoon session 13:30-16:00

Location: The Green, Seaton Carew

This activity will involve volunteers taking part in a geophysical survey on the village green, comprising both geomagnetic and earth resistance survey. Participants will receive instruction in the implementation of the two different techniques. The results from the geophysical survey will be presented at Workshop 2.

Participants will have the opportunity to take part in either the morning session or the afternoon session.  No previous experience is necessary, but participants should be aware that the project will be outdoors and will need to dress accordingly.

Participants should try to wear clothing without magnetic items on them as these can affect the results. Think about shoe buckles, eyes, belt buckles, zips etc. Participants will still be welcome to take part if they are ‘magnetic’ but the results may well have to be discarded.

There are public toilets located at the Front, which is a c. 10 minute walk away from the Green.

There are a number of pay and display car parks in Seaton Carew; the nearest of these to the venue is Rocket House Car Park, which is located a c. 10 minute walk away from the Green.

Please visit the following Eventbrite page to sign up for this event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/seaton-carew-community-archaeology-project-geophysical-survey-tickets-873233634307

Workshop 2

Date: Monday 22 April, 10:00 – 16:00

Location: Thrive Hive, Seaton Carew Methodist Church, TS25 1BH

 This second workshop will include a summary of the results of the building recording and geophysical survey. Participants will gain an understanding of how the different geophysical methodologies work, be taught how to process the results, and will be given the opportunity to provide their own geophysical interpretations

Tea and coffee will be provided, but otherwise participants will need to provide their own refreshments.

There are a number of pay and display car parks in Seaton Carew; the nearest of these to the venue is Rocket House Car Park, which is located a c. 10 minute walk away from Seaton Carew Methodist Church.

Please visit the following Eventbrite page to sign up for this event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/seaton-carew-community-archaeology-workshop-tickets-873212380737

A Neolithic Salt Production Site at Street House, Loftus, North-East Yorkshire

Royal Archaeological Institute and Tees Heritage Trust Joint Conference: 13-15 September 2024

 A conference will be held in the autumn of 2024 to present the evidence for the Early Neolithic salt production site at Street House, near Loftus. The site was discovered in 2014 during a programme of excavations. It is the only currently known salt ‘factory’ in Britain and the earliest known saltern in Western Europe. This is the first presentation of detailed information on the site including an Early Neolithic pottery type-series and the largest assemblage of Carinated Bowls found in the north of England.

The conference begins on Friday evening with an opening lecture by Dr Alison Sheridan. A day of lectures will be held on the Saturday presenting the material evidence from the site at Street House. The second day will be held in East Cleveland. Starting at the Town Hall, Loftus, there will be an exhibition of site images, a poster session about Street House in the Neolithic, a representative display of the finds including briquetage, pottery, flint and worked stones, and three seminars. In the afternoon there will be a site tour of the 2024 excavations at Street House in addition to a demonstration of the technique proposed for salt production, a presentation by the Whitby Sea Salt Co. that produces an artisan salt by solar and wind power, and a short circular walking tour of the prehistoric sites in the immediate area.

Conference fee: January–28 June 2024, early bird bookings £65.00 per person; 29 June–23 August £80.00 per person. The conference fee includes: Friday evening buffet and Sunday late afternoon salad buffet, Saturday and Sunday buffet lunch and return transport between Middlesbrough and Loftus on Sunday.

Registration form, FAQs sheet and the Conference Programme can be downloaded from Tees Heritage Trust’s website: https://teesheritage.org.uk/neolithic-salt-conference-2024/ or email: conference@teesheritage.org.uk

Please see the flyer and conference programme for more details.

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Teesside Archaeology Society - Talks Programme

Established in 1961, the Teesside Archaeological Society is an enthusiastic, friendly group who share an interest in the wonderful archaeological heritage of the Tees Valley and Cleveland, with more than 10,000 years of archaeology – from the Mesolithic to modern times – on our doorstep. The Teesside Archaeological Society is independent of, but sometimes partners with, Tees Archaeology.

 We welcome to our talks and events everyone who shares an interest, not matter what level of experience or expertise.

Please see the TAS website for details on upcoming talks: https://teesarchsoc.com/programme/

Cleveland Industrial Archaeology Society – Lecture Programme

The Cleveland Industrial Archaeology Society began life in 1965 as the Teesside Industrial Archaeology Group. We believe that the industrial history of the north east and Yorkshire is important and we work for its preservation. Our members make records of industrial sites and equipment, carry out historical research and work to help the preservation of business records and physical relics themselves.

The Society organises a programme of lectures and site visits. It publishes two or three newsletters a year, containing short contributions and current news.

Please see the CIAS website for more details on their lecture programme: https://cias-teesside.uk/lecture-programme/

Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland – Lecture Programme

Founded in 1861, ‘the Arch & Arch’ has been involved in lectures, visits and publications on the past of north-eastern England and elsewhere for 160 years.

Our lectures cover archaeology and architecture from prehistory to the present day in north-east England and across the world.

Lectures are held monthly from September to June.

Please see ‘the Arch and Arch’ website for more details on their lecture programme: https://aasdn.org.uk/lectures.htm

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