Monthly Archives: February 2014

The Archaeology of the First World War on Teesside

Thorpe Thewles History Group

The Archaeology of the First World War on Teesside | Robin Daniels
Grindon Parish Hall, Thorpe Thewles: Fri 21 Feb 2014

The focus of attention in relation to WWI is rightly drawn to the Western Front. However, all regions of Britain also witnessed major changes as new facilities were built or were commandeered to further the wear effort. This was particularly intense along the coast where aircraft, submarines, airships and artillery sought to fight off the threat to coastal shipping. The impact on the buildings and landscape of the area has not been studied in any detail an this talk will outline these hidden aspects of the First World War on Teesside.

Venue | Grindon Parish Hall, Thorpe Thewles, at 7.15pm (until 9.00pm) on Friday 21 February. Tickets are £3 each from Carlton & Stillington Post Office or members of the history group. Contact Linda on 01740 630014


Vindolanda Workshops

An introduction to archaeological Illustration.

Saturday Feb 22nd and Sunday 23rd 2014 –9.30am–4pm each day. Roman Vindolanda, Hedley Archaeo-Education Centre

This weekend workshop covers aspects and techniques of archaeological illustration under the personal tuition of Mark Hoyle BA(hon);P.G.C.E.;MAAIS; MIfA

The course will look at general techniques and methods of accurately recording small finds including pottery illustration, metal objects, bone, and leatherwork. There will be a selection of objects from the excavations at Vindolanda to handle and draw over the duration of the course.

An archaeological drawing starter pack to use and keep will be provided.

Each booking will receive a voucher for a future visit to the award winning Roman Army Museum.

Costs include morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch on Saturday and Sunday. 12 places available: Cost £100 per person.

(A limited amount of well-appointed en-suite single or double B/B accommodation @ £60 per night (double) £50 per night single occupancy is available on site – please contact 01434344277 for details.

Please click here to download a booking form

Coming soon


8th Heritage Photography Workshop

15th Roman Jewellery workshop

22nd-23rd Advanced archaeological illustration workshop- Carved and worked Stone

More information and application forms for all workshops, events and lectures will be posted on the Vindolanda website soon

Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham

Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham

Our next lecture will be given by Professor Chris Scarre of Durham University entitled ‘Coasts, cairns and Carnac: the Neolithic archaeology of Brittany’ at 2.30pm on Saturday 8 February. Note that this lecture and the following one will be in the big lecture theatre on the ground floor of Elvet Riverside: ER140. Please display the attached poster if you can.


Brittany occupies a crucial position both geographically and chronologically in studies of the Neolithic monuments of Western Europe. It has some of the oldest megalithic monuments, and some of the largest and most complex. Research over the past 20 years has demonstrated how large blocks of stone were quarried and re-used in a megalithic tradition that extended over more than 2000 years. The process will be illustrated by reviewing the evidence from a number of key sites, including those of the Carnac region in the South, and the coasts and islands of western and northern Brittany.

On 15th March, Audrey Horning will be lecturing on ‘Ireland in the Virginia Sea: comparative archaeologies of the early modern Atlantic World’. We are grateful to the Society for Post Medieval Archaeology for a grant  to pay for her travel from Belfast, so we are hoping for a good turnout for this special event.



The great Hungarian archaeo-zoologist, Dr, Laszlo Bartosiewicz, is coming down from Edinburgh for a day on Thursday 20th February. He will give a seminar on the topic of “Killing me softly… Humane aspects of animal slaughtering and archaeology” at 2 – 3pm in the Birley Room, Dawson Building, Science Site

Heart of Teesdale: Historic Field Barns


PROJECT UPDATE: Historic Field Barns
The training weekend held at the end of November was a huge success. Members of the public who attended gained a fascinating insight into field barns and the techniques for surveying them. Both days were fully booked and feedback from those who attended was very positive.

It is likely that there will be more training events held in the future or other activities relating to Field Barn surveying, therefore if you are interested please keep an eye on our website for news and events. If you would like to take part in surveying the field barns of the Heart of Teesdale area or would like any more information then please contact Honia Devlin on 03000 260830 or Please note Honia only works part time so may not respond immediately.

PROJECT UPDATE: Community Archaeology
This project is led by the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and, with the help of volunteers they have started the project with a geophysics survey of the land around Greta Bridge. The survey was carried out successfully and preliminary results are expected soon.

There are likely to be many more volunteering opportunities within this project, so if you are interested please contact David Mason on

Death and Gossip In Rural North Yorkshire – Excavations at Fewston Church.

Bedale Archaeology and History Society

7.30 pm on Tues. 4 Feb. in Bedale Hall, John Buglass will give a talk entitled Death and Gossip In Rural North Yorkshire – Excavations at Fewston Church.

Subs for 2014 have been held at £12 but non-members are welcome for £2 on the door.