Well at least the morning, no wind until afternoon.
Denton Festival Hall, Peel Street, Manchester Road,
Denton, Manchester, M34 3JX.
contact our secretary (Greta Ward 0161 3386498) if you would like to attend (Its free)
TAS have been undertaking geophysical assessments of large sections of Tamesides countryside around Luzley near Mossley and Ashton under lyne. The hope is that the location of a Roman road may be discovered. It is expected to take a couple more months to complete.
TAS has been awaiting permission from Natural England to asssess erosion sites. Previously surveys by TAS of these SSSI sites have produced small lithic scatters.
Permission has been granted and evaluation of the sites has commenced.
The first part of the project will assess the smaller of two sites until mid march. The second of the sites will be assessed in the autumn. This is to reduce disturbance to nesting birds.
The hunt for evidence of mesolithic and possibly bronze age is now underway. If you are interested in learning prehistory archaeology skills contact out society.
the free on line course is very stimluations. Below is a few tombstones to cavalry men I found on the web. The comment made was …did they have an off the shelf design when making a tombstone?
This year has been very good with dry conditions. Tghe present excvation called cottage 5, has demonstrated good foundation wall remains, a fire pit and a well. The well will be kept open at the request of the land owener and will allow for the first time, water access on the land in 100 years.
An opportunity to complete a survey which started in 2013 of the Gargolyes and Grotesques of the bell tower was completed today. The tower is having repairs to its stone work and access was given to TAS to complete a photographic survey over 42 meters above the ground.
Oxford Archaeology North are under taking the archaeological evaluation of the former railway yards and associated buildings to the east of manchester centre. Volunteers have also been helping from Tameside Archaeological society and Manchester Region Industrial Archaeology Society
Four air raid shelters from World war two were discovered by OA. They are approximately 2m wide by 10 meters long perhaps allowing up 60 to 80 workers in each shelter. They have been partially cut into the ground with up to a meter above the original ground surface. They are constructed of corrugated metal sheets covered with concreted. Each appears to be of the same design with a stepped entrance way at one corner. Interestingly two of these were inside a massive Worksop with many stone bases for heavy machine tools.
August 1940, saw the start of German bombing in Manchester. The days before xmas resulted in an estimated 684 people killed and 2,364 injured. Railway yards would have been a high priority target to disturb communications.
Follow this link to see a film following the bombing raids: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-two/8208926/Unseen-images-of-Manchester-Christmas-Blitz.html
The bomb census indicates no damage to the site but several bombs landed locally : http://enriqueta.man.ac.uk/luna/servlet/detail/maps2~1~1~342661~123261?qvq=q:bombs;sort:Reference_Number,Reference_Number,Reference_Number,Page;lc:maps2~1~1&mi=2&trs=49
This was the last day for dig with events for the public. The weather was horrific with very heavy freezing showers. However some people managed to find out what had been learnt about their local park. Most people were surprised at to the extent of the remains. The Salford university team have one more day to complete recording and then the site will be back filled.
What have we learnt over the two weeks:
The extent of the residence of the benovalent Cheetham family to the people of Stalybridge. Further history research by TAS with signifcant support of the researchers for the House of Commons 1832-1945 History of Parliament team.
What is the future?
A full report will be produced by the professional archaeoloigsts in 2015.
TAS will continue to explore the park, with test pits to further extend the knowledge of the heritage of the people of Stalybridge. A report of work undertaken todate by TAS will also be stored at the The Tameside Local Studies & Archive Centre.