The Architectural and Archaeological Society
of Durham and Northumberland
| ||'Rescheduled lecture!!!'
Dere Street - the archaeology of a Border Road
by David Jones Honorary Secretary, Coquetdale Community Archaeology
Saturday 17th March 2018 (Rescheduled from 3rd March 2018).
The Border Roads are the relics of connections between England and Scotland that existed well before there was any concept of the two countries.
Joining up with networks of lowland tracks that have often either disappeared or been subsumed by modern roads, they show how people negotiated the
landscape for thousands of years. Dere Street is one such road. Although known primarily as a Roman route, along it there is archaeology that ranges
from the Neolithic to the 20th century. We look at examples of this, provide background to previous research and - maybe - dispel some myths.
See www.aasdn.org.uk/lectures for full details...
| ||'Archaeology and the small finds of North-East England'
Friday 20 April 2018
A special one-day interdisciplinary conference held at the University of Durham Science Site
The Finds Research Group in conjunction with the Material and Visual Culture Research Group (Department of Archaeology, University of Durham), Council for British Archaeology North (CBA North) and the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland present a special one-day interdisciplinary conference to be held in the historic city of Durham, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home of some of the finest medieval architecture in Europe.
The theme of the conference ‘Archaeology and the small finds of North-East England’ aims to highlight recent archaeological discoveries in the North-East of England – a sprawling region of beautiful countryside encompassing several major cities, towns, rivers and coastal ports. Steeped in history itself, Durham City will provide the perfect backdrop for a conference which brings leading academic experts across the disciplines of the Anglo-Saxon and Viking periods, medieval pilgrimage, late- and post-medieval material culture, conservation of artefacts, researching artefacts, community archaeology and museum exhibitions. Together they will explore the lives of the people who lived in the region through the weapons, traded goods, tools, household and everyday objects they left behind to be rediscovered as chance finds or in controlled archaeological excavations.
See www.aasdn.org.uk/NEarch18 for full details...
| ||County Durham Archaeology Day 2018
Saturday 10 March 2018
9.45am - 4.15pm
Council Chamber and Durham Room,
County Hall, Durham
A series of talks about recent archaeological research and discoveries including:
- Further research on the remains of the Scottish soldiers found at Palace Green.
- Investigations at Auckland Castle.
- A community excavation at Piercebridge Roman fort.
- Historic Building Recording at 34, Saddler Street, Durham.
- A new Roman military diploma from Lanchester
Tickets go on sale at 10.00am on Monday 19th February. At £16.00 per person to include buffet lunch and refreshments mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Students £12.00.
To book and pay for a place online follow www.durham.gov.uk/archaeology or alternatively telephone 03000 260 000 to book a place and pay over the phone.
There will be displays by local societies and archaeological contractors as well as bookstalls in the adjacent Durham Room. Parking is free.
Proposed Durham History Centre consultation.
You are invited to have your say on proposals for a new history centre for Durham.
Having considered a number of options Durham County Council proposes to seek a significant contribution of up to £4 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the cost of a new history centre at Mount Oswald manor which would house the archive and Durham County Record Office, currently in County Hall, as well as other similar services across the county.
The proposal would creating a new wing to the manor house bringing together Durham's historic records, archives (and potentially other collections) in excellent environmental conditions to preserve, store and display collections for generations to come. It would allow space for over five miles of shelving for records held in the archives alone with space for growth into the future.
The collections would include:
- Durham's 900 years of archives now stored in outdated and unsuitable facilities in County Hall
- local history books and photographs
- the historic archaeological and environmental records
The facility would also allow Durham County Council to think about housing other collections which are of great importance to Durham. One of these could be the Durham Light Infantry (DLI) Collection, offering a long-term home for the objects beyond their current five year arrangements.
Click on the .pdf icon to download the Durham History Centre relocation form.
For more information see: Proposed Durham History Centre consultation
Consultation will close on Sunday 18 February 2018.
| ||Annual Research Grant 2017-18
Application process extended until 31st Januray 2018!!!
The application process is now open for our annual research grant. If you are fully paid-up member of our society then
you can apply for sums of up to a maximum of £250 for projects based within the North-East of England. Click the .pdf icon to download the research award guidelines document.
Click on the .pdf icon to download the research award guidelines.
Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum
Saturday October 21st 2017
At The Queen’s Hall, Beaumont Street, Hexham.
The Hadrian’s Wall Archaeology Forum is an annual day-conference featuring talks for the general public about new discoveries in the
northern frontier zone including the Cumbrian coast. The subjects of this year’s talks include the ongoing excavations at Vindolanda,
new investigations at Benwell and Piercebridge, the results of geophysical surveys at Netherby, and the discovery of a unique (for Britain)
discharge diploma near Lanchester.
Click on the .pdf icon to download the information leaflet/flyer.
Evidence of early husbandry and gardening at Hornby Castle found!
Lead 'Montabon Peach' planting label found
Following a limited reprint copies of 'Roman Piercebridge: Excavations by D W Harding and Peter Scott 1969-1981' are now available!
Edited by H E M Cool and D J P Mason
ISBN 978 0 9510388 57
Canon Greenwell plaque.
Notable Durham antiquarian honoured
Good things are they say worth waiting for. Over half a century ago the Society considered marking both the life and former residence of Canon Greenwell,
and the Society's centenary by the erection of a plaque on North Bailey in Durham. Sadly the good intentions came to nothing. As the 150th anniversary
loomed a similar plan was devised and after much debate over wording, an application for listed building consent, gaining the approval of the building's
owner (St.Cuthbert's Society to whom our thanks are extended), and the Estates and Buildings Department of the University, a plaque was cast and unveiled at our
Now with a slight delay, the plaque has been fixed to the wall of 27 North Bailey as a hopefully permanent marker to a notable antiquarian, and the
longevity of the Arch & Arch.
Exciting discovery at Binchester
Stone head of a local Romano-Celtic deity
Durham University archaeology student Alex Kirton has recovered a carved stone head which had been buried amongst late-Roman rubbish within what was probably a bath house.
The sandstone head, dating from the Second or Third Century, is thought to have been worshipped as a source of inspiration and intercession.
The head, which is made of sandstone, was found in a dump of late Roman refuse that had been thrown into one of the rooms of a probable bath-house in the civilian settlement that
lies outside the Roman fort at Binchester. This building was terraced into the hillside and all the rooms we've looked at have been filled with massive deposits consisting mainly of
alternate layers of butchery waste and rough stone surfaces. These dumps are around 6' in depth. The head was part of one of these stone layers and as such is clearly not in its original
Removal of the fill in the larger of the two chambers had revealed a blocked-up doorway in its north wall as well as a section of masonry on the east side which may represent the limits of
the chamber on this side or possibly some internal feature. This fill also produced the object that has generated much media interest in the last week namely the small stone head seemingly
representing a local Romano-Celtic deity. Carved in a style not unlike that of the head belonging to the life-size statue of Antenociticus found in his temple at Benwell this may represent
a god local to Vinovia.
Perhaps the rest of the statue, and more importantly an inscribed base, may come out of the remaining fill! For more information and images see our
Binchester Roman Fort webpage.
151st Annual General Meeting
Hartlepool Historic Quay
The 151st Annual General Meeting took place on 11th May 2013 at the Hartlepool Historic Quay home of the 1817 Frigate HMS Trincomalee. Belinda Burke took great delight to mentions in her
Secretary’s Report that the society has gone from strength to strength since the last AGM.
The year began with the extended weekend excursion to Chester, expertly organised and led by David Mason, and it looks like these trips further afield are set to become a welcome addition
to our annual calendar.
Again there was a full and varied programme of lectures, beginning with the fascinating presentation on the Gristhorpe Man Project by Janet Montgomery and Nigel Melton, complemented by a trip
to Scarborough to visit the man himself. Andrew Millard continued in a scientific vein with his lecture on radiocarbon dating, to be followed by another successful joint meeting with the
North East Ancient Egypt Society, and a return of the ever-popular Paul Bahn to talk about the archaeology of the Atacama Desert.
Coming closer to home for the Members Meeting before Christmas,
Gary Bankhead enthralled us with finds from the River Wear while Adrian Green led us round Bishop Cosin’s library, where the Society was accustomed to meet in the days of Greenwell’s presidency
Here's to an action packed 2013!
New book launched...
Roman Chester - Fortress At The Edge Of The World
David J.P. Mason
David Mason has been involved in the investigation of Chester’s archaeology in one capacity or another
since the late 1960s. A member of the city council’s archaeology service for many years, he built up a particular
expertise in Roman archaeology which he developed further with his doctoral thesis, subsequent research
projects and various publications.
Since becoming County Archaeologist for County Durham in 2003 he has
played an instrumental role in securing the publication of reports on the 1970s investigations at Piercebridge
and Binchester Roman forts, initiated a new campaign of excavation at the second of these sites and also
managed the preparation of a Research Framework for Hadrian’s Wall. He is a Fellow of the Society of
Antiquaries of London, an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology, Durham University
and is the former President of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham & Northumberland.
AASDN members can collect copies direct from David Mason at a discounted price of £15 if they call in to County Hall, Durham to collect (normally £18.99).
For further details of how to purchase Roman Chester - Fortress At The Edge Of The World, email: email@example.com