Great social day out at Bolton Abbey/Priory for TAS members

The weather was sublime, and everyone enjoyed the day including an excellent meal with a suberb view over the Abbey from the Tea Cottage.

Blind arcading and nature in one

Warmly welcome to TAS members on the last of three social visits this year.

The Chancel ( East end of the Church) overlooking the river

Remains of South Transept, which had connections witht he old and then the replacement chapter house. The cloisters, the Dormitory for those early morning services, the Reredorter and the priors lodging.

The ruins still provide an interesting view into the past of the Augustinian Priory. The present use of the site with the Priory Church keeps the site alive. Great day out highly recommeded for all the family.

 

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TAS return to Cheetham park for the festival of Archaeology 2017

15th and 16th July 2017 at cheetham park, Stalybridge, 10am to 4pm each day. Public excavations will recommence on part of the original Hall. Event is free and equipment will be provided. Have a go at geophysics or digging.

 

For links to other archaeology events in the North west check out the following link http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/

Archaeology for all

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TAS Visit to the anglo saxon England

Superb quality workmanship

A short trip to Stoke brought us to an exhibtion of part of the Staffordshire Hoard.  This was Kevin’s last trip before stepping down as Chairman of TAS.

Kevin dressing up on regal seating at museum

Then a visit to ST Giles, Cheadle near Stoke to have a look the gothic revial stlye of Architect ‘Pugin’.

West Porch St Giles, Keith, Greta and Chris

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Legacy project assessmemt of WW1 rifles range and practice trenches in Tameside

This TAS project for Tameside is being lead by TAS member Mike lloyd. In February an assessment of a former miltary zone indicates extensive use of a site near Mossley during  WW1.  A field survey has indicated that earlier than WW1 munitions were uitilsed which agrees with mapping of the area suggesting its use in preparing the soldier for action abroad in the late nineteenth century. Including the boar war.

Protection from the weathers for a guard overlooking the rifle range, appears to be a re-utilsed water tank possibly of an engine

 

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Day vist to Norton Priory

TAS members visited the Augstininian priory (1134) remains and museum complex in Runcorn. The remains were excavated from 1971. A newly updated museum complex is well worth visiting and a new viewing gallery of the site. Following the Visit a fleeting visit to the Castle pub and then Halton castle in freezing conditions.

 

View from New gallery

Two major phases of construction, grafitti adorns the earlier stone windows

close up of wall outline of the main church walling and edge of the cloister

Illuminated late 14th century statue of St Christopher and TAS members

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Luzley test pitting completed

Following on from the search for a roman road bewtween stalybrdge and Castleshaw. This involved geophysical transects across farmers fields along the highests ridges to the South of Hartshead.

Three strong geophysical  anomalies were evaluated by test pitting. These test pits were in different farms.  Two of the anomalies were 19th Century rubbish pits with local stone, pottery and glass. The third anomaly indicated a couple of possible stake holes and the  edge of a pit which was filled with soft clay.

View across to Hartshead Pike

View across to Hartshead Pike

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New site being evaluated in Luzley

A local farmer advised TAS of a mound in one of his fields. TAS set out to evaluate the mound for evidence of how it was formed. Earlier this year geophysical assessments were undertaken using resistivity and magnetomentry, these indicated anomalies  in both geophysical surveys.

Today one of the anomalies and part of the mound was assessed by a test pit.

Mike and Kieth locatating the anomalies on the geophysical results to select sites for test pits.

TAS members Mike and Keith locating the anomalies on the geophysical results to select sites for test pits.

 

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Eastwood house, Festival of Archaeology 2016

A busy archaeology weekend saw mebers of the public expose more of the foundations of Eastwood House in Cheetham Park, stalybridge

Saturday saw the Manchester Young Archaeologist club open up their own area on the area of the main house trying to find the west wall.

The general public exposed the entrance to the main house overlapping excavations in 2014, with finds such as a mason mark in a stone and a fragment of a pilaster.

Many thanks to all the TAS members for helping out with the event.

Close up inspection of the entrance to the house.

Close up inspection of the entrance to the house.

Sun shines down on the various activites

Sun shines down on the various activites

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Cellar vident under entrance to the house and external drain slot seperating possible location of columns

Cellar evident under entrance to the house and external drain slot separating possible location of columns for entrance way

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Festival of Archaeology comes to Tameside 16th to 17th July

An open dig to all at Cheetham park, Stalybridge has been planned. The return to the site of Eastwood House will be trying to discover the main entrance to the orginal building.

The dig starts from 10am to 4pm.

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Tameside prehistory site latest aerial 3d images

Latest aerial combined images of the site.

Series of pits, post holes , stake holes, mound, hearth

Series of pits, post holes , stake holes, mound, hearth

May1 aerial May aerial

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