|As the New Year gets underway we are putting the final touches to our programme for 2019. Events for the first half of the year have now been published on the Activities page of the website and details of the rest of the programme will appear very soon, so please keep an eye on our website and stay up to date with what’s on.
As usual we have a varied programme lined up so there should be things in it to suit most interests. We kick off with an indoor meeting on Saturday 19th January at Mickleton Village Hall in Teesdale. Ben Westwood, Finds Liaison Officer for Durham, Darlington and Teeside will be talking about his work and some of the interesting portable finds that have turned up in the region over the past year. This will be followed by a review of our work on the Well Head deserted medieval settlement at Holwick. Martin Green will be talking about the 2018 excavation and Tony Metcalfe will be describing some of the finds from this fascinating site. This is an excellent opportunity to catch up with our discoveries at Holwick, especially if you missed the public presentation at Middleton back in October of last year.
An important diary date is our AGM in March which will take place on Saturday 16th at Mickleton. We are fortunate in having two excellent guest speakers at the AGM. Professor Diana Whaley will be discussing her work on place names in the North of England and how place name studies can assist the archaeologist and historian. This will be followed by a presentation from Dr Rob Young who will be interpreting the findings from AA’s rescue excavation of a mesolithic hunting camp at Cow Green, Upper Teesdale.
If you are yearning to get out and about in our fabulous North Pennines landscapes again, April is a bumper month with not one but three different guided archaeology walks. On 10th April Stephen Eastmead will take us around some industrial sites in Arkengarthdale. On the 13th Harriet Sams will help us to explore some fresh archaeological sites around Cotherstone and on the 27th we will be spending a whole day with Paul Frodsham looking at one of his favourite Neolithic sites, Long Meg and her Daughters in Cumbria.
Other events in the first half of 2019 include a Finds Drawing Workshop with Sheila and Andrew Newton at Edmundbyers in March, a guided archaeological walk in Lunesdale, Cumbria with Patrick Neave in June and last, but by no means least, our third and final season of excavation at Holwick, Teesdale (11th to 26th May).
In addition to more walks, talks and workshops in the second half of the year we are also planning a number of new fieldwork and research projects, details of which will be notified to members shortly.
Please note that most of the events in our programme are open to non-members for a small charge but please check the Activities page of the website for details and booking arrangements.
In the meantime, below are a selection of photographs of highlights from our 2018 programme just to whet your appetite. We look forward to welcoming you to our events in 2019.