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The Unacceptable Faces of History – Gargoyles and Grotesques

We have an ongoing project in Tameside which involves the recording of gargoyles and grotesques on our ancient buildings. Work was carried out some time ago on Ashton Parish Church, for instance, and more recently we have been scaling the … Continue reading

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TAS CONFERENCE 2020

We held our very first conference on the work of TAS on 29th February 2020. The venue was St John’s Church, Dukinfield, or more precisely their excellent Church Centre, a modern, well-equipped building that managed to host at least three … Continue reading

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Digging in Tameside

We shall be very pleased if you join us for our conference “Digging In Tameside” at St John’s Church, Dukinfield on Saturday 29th February 2020. We have a splendid line-up of speakers to give a range of talks on some … Continue reading

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Heritage Open Weekend

This was a weekend on which the small village of Mottram in Longdendale was alive with excitement. Not only did it have the thrill of seeing the Tour of Britain cycle race pass through, but anyone visiting St Michael and … Continue reading

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Festival Fun

Last weekend saw yet another Festival of Archaeology and as our contribution we continued our exploration of Cheetham Park in Stalybridge as we try to re-discover the structural features of Eastwood House. The weather stayed fine and we welcomed a … Continue reading

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From Tombs to Towers

We get some interesting requests to carry out geophysical surveys and last week saw two good examples. The first was in a local churchyard where someone had noticed a great disparity between the number of burials recorded and the number … Continue reading

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A Lucky Find

We were out at our neolithic site digging a test pit to explore a feature found in our original dig. As is the case with these things, the failure to find what you’re looking for is not altogether a negative … Continue reading

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Still Waters Run Deep

Actually, the waters that have covered Lunt Meadows at various times in the last seven and a half  millennia have not always been still; nor have they been particularly deep. But, crucially, they have been there; and they have preserved … Continue reading

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Sometimes……….

Sometimes the strain of recording finds can get to the best of us. Photographing the stones from our neolithic site affected one of the team so badly that he had to seek help (see pictures below). But at least it … Continue reading

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Hard Evidence

Last autumn Ann Clark took away for analysis 200 stones from our recently dug site in the upper areas of Tameside.  Carbon dating had already been carried out on samples from this site, putting it at late mesolithic/early neolithic. These … Continue reading

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