Prehistory site in Tameside sees visit from Sam Harris from Bradford University

Archaeomagnetic evlauation of hearth

Archaeomagnetic evlauation of hearth underway

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Update of Tameside prehistory site

Dear All,

the drying weather is making  sand easier to hide from prying eyes…where is the rain when you want it?

Anyway..a series of pits have been appearing, the hearth has progressed with two 1/4 sections completed. And gratefully concentrations of late mesolithic flint now stirring. These contexts appear to have been cut by the large pits and post holes.

pit 1/4 sectioned overlain by late meso context

pit 1/4 sectioned overlain by late meso context

Pit cut by later ditch fully excavated

Pit cut by later ditch fully excavated

SO its about time humans makes a presence fron a certain prehistory phase.

SO its about time humans makes a shout out from a certain prehistory phase.

Hearth 1/4 sections in progress

Hearth 1/4 sections in progress

Hearty burnt deposits in SE quad.

Hearty burnt deposits in SE quad.

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Prehistory site sees lifting of burnt wood and compressed charcoal remains for environmental work out.

Initial impression by Rosalind Mckenna (Environmental archeaologist) suggest that the wood was not oak.

Second concentration of charcoal from a hearth being preprared for the lift.

Second concentration of charcoal from a hearth being preprared for the lift by Rosalind.

 

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TAS visit to West Kirby

The West Kirby museum at St bridget centre was the start of a day to the west coast for members. Archaeologist Christine Longworth gave a tour of the finds which were discovered during a rebuild of the church in the late 19th century. Some of these dated back to the original wooden church in the 10th century.

Members in the orginal building used to store the inital finds.

Some of the members in the orginal building used to store the inital finds with Christine Longworth.

A visit to the church of St Bridget’s to view the Anglo-saxon period Hogback stone which looks like a representation of a scandinavian long house. The tegulated top clearly visible. Christine felt that at the time of its use many ‘vikings’ may have been converting to christian values but may have continued with thier homeland beliefs. The centre is well worth a visit to historians or archaeologists. For more information  go to    http://www.westkirbymuseum.co.uk/

Hogback

Hogback

The recent Hogback research is being presented at:

CBA 2016 Spring Conference
‘New Light on the medieval archaeology of North West England’
Provisional Programme
Saturday 7th May
Venue: Staining Village Hall, Blackpool, Lancashire

If interested email for details of the day conference:

roberts193@btinternet.com

A visit to Meols led to a discovery of a Roman road! Unfortunatly the tide covering the sands where a port and a market place once was excavated. Members then visited the Meols exhibit and the hoards collections at Museum of Liverpool.

Meols turns up more than a high tide

Meols turns up more than a high tide

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Norman Redhead visits Tamesides latest Prehistory site

A visit followed prehistory finds from the latest TAS site in Tameside. The site was providing complex archaeology with  mulitple phases dating back to the late mesolithic.

Norman Redhead from Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service was appraising the new site following a visit by Dr Michael Nevell, head of Archaeology at Salford University recently.

Blustery conditions with Norman and Steve

Blustery conditions with Norman and Steve

Discussions over a series of post holes and linear stone features

Discussions over a series of post holes and linear stone features

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First burnt hazlenuts see greater insights into Tameside prehistory

After years of TAS excavating prehistury sites in Tameside, Mike and Steve TAS members within minutes of each other, find a burnt hazlenut on a site in Tameside. In prehistory this food source would have been a valuable source of protein. The uplands would have been covered with these shrubs/trees, with burning these they could then be stored for a linger period. In archaeoloigcal terms they impove the ability to date a site as they fruit is produced in one year and can be carbon dated. The hunt is on for more of these in the coming weeks.

Testing features, see hearth in foreground and ditch across the trench at the back.

Testing features, see hearth in foreground and ditch across the trench at the back with mike cleaning up a section.

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Threat to enter the Dark Ages….support the concerns for the closure of Lancashire Archaeology

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kEEP THE LIGHT ON ARCHAEOLOGY

kEEP THE LIGHT ON ARCHAEOLOGY

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World War One in Tameside

This project supported by the CBA aims to collect information on WW1 across the country. TAS is undertaking this for Tameside.

 An extensive history.

An extensive history.

 

To start we have permssion to record the Terratorial Army Centre, Old Street, Ashton under Lyne. Now used by the RAF Air cadets for training.

Roof space with metal framing to support the roof

Roof space with curved metal trusses to support the roof manufactured by A.Mandyside & co Derby, modern suspension roof below.

Original 'safe'

Original ‘safe’ by Jacob Cartwright C 1914

TAS will be undertaking a level tow building survey of this building. Visiting other sites across Tameside and recording as required. If any of the public know of sites please do not hesitate to contact our society in 2016.

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Society Visit to Saltaire

A day out at Saltaire a planned model of an industrial village. TAS members braved the heavy rain for a social visit to West Yorkshire.

Three TAS amigos braving the weather outside of the hospital 'Titu' style. Greta, Keith and Chris

Three TAS amigos braving the weather outside of the hospital ‘Titus’ style. Greta, Keith and Chris

The main mill complex and the village built by Sir Titus Salt were impressive. The sheer scale of the planning must have used enormous building resources but supported the local economy.

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Titus was clever.. he managed to use russian wool and found a means to spin the difficult  beating his competitors. He then turned this to use with the use of chear Alpaca wool, note the scuplted animals. Quenn Victoria liked the effect of the Alpaca cloth.

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Here a very high quality workmanship that would not be missed on a royal building.

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Almhouses of the highest quality, with an oven a boiler and one bedroom. These abuuted the hopsital suggestinmg a model for the future health system. Workers paid into a scheme to provide them health care. Was this a model for the NHS that would have to wait another 70 years.

 

With detailed cast-iron columns cross beams supporting shallow brick vaults.

Main mill interior: detailed cast-iron columns cross beams supporting shallow brick vaults. Now a retail space.

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No expense spared and a very British guardian

TAS_4453 TAS_4452Nothing was missed on the detailed Italianate stonework and carving. The idealism on social support for the workers in the mill was not avoided. The workers had housing, a canteen, a hospital, a school, an entertainment area inside and out and a place to deal with their spiritual needs. The engineer who designed the mill had earlier in his career been involved in Murrays mill in Ancoats, Manchester.

For more details of this world heritage site check out: http://whc.unesco.org/uploads/nominations/1028.pdf

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A visit to Avro Heritage Museum, Woodford Aerodrome

A step back into to the recent history of flight from Ancoats through to woodford bases. Highly recommened to book a tour to get the inside knowledge from those directly involved in the making of history.

http://avroheritagemuseum.co.uk/                  for latest details& Excelllent documentary/video section

Check out the life of A.V.ROE ‘Heritage’ in the websites menu in preparation for any visit.

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The cold war and the hunt for subs by the Nimrod.

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TAS member and potential pilot Chris checking out the cramped Vulcan cockpit.

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Proud Vulcan bomber awaiting full restoration.

The spirit of adventure demonstrated by Keith Wright

The spirit of adventure demonstrated by Keith Wright

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