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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.