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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: or email:

Please see the flyer and conference programme for more details.

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:

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:

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:

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