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
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
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.
TAS members Mike and Keith locating the anomalies on the geophysical results to select sites for test pits.
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.
Sun shines down on the various activites
Cellar evident under entrance to the house and external drain slot separating possible location of columns for entrance way
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.
Latest aerial combined images of the site.
Series of pits, post holes , stake holes, mound, hearth
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 cut by later ditch fully excavated
SO its about time humans makes a shout out from a certain prehistory phase.
Hearth 1/4 sections in progress
Hearty burnt deposits in SE quad.
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 by Rosalind.
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.
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/
The recent Hogback research is being presented at:
CBA 2016 Spring Conference
‘New Light on the medieval archaeology of North West England’
Saturday 7th May
Venue: Staining Village Hall, Blackpool, Lancashire
If interested email for details of the day conference:
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