ICE AND FIRE | Guided Archaeology Walk Pictures

On Sunday 29 October, Adam hosted a guided archaeology walk as part of the DISCOVER MIDDLESBROUGH 2017 FESTIVAL. Here are some of the pictures to enjoy, courtesy of Robert Nichols and Prof Peter Rowley-Conwy (Durham University).

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Robert writes:

The ICE AND FIRE walk this morning was a fascinating guided walk around Eston Hills on Teesside. We were privileged to be in the company of a group of experts assembled by archaeologist Adam Mead to unpick and unlock the history and prehistory.

From Neolithic rock art to WW2 bomb craters there is an incredible amount to see when you have expert guides. We had all kinds of weather which really begged the question just why would people live on the hills? That and questions of how the first farmers of the Neolithic survived economically, where they lived and how succeeding Bronze and Iron Age communities looked to defend themselves were all addressed.

Adam Mead was at pains to point out that they have as yet only scratched the surface of the archaeology from Eston Hills but we need to protect the landscape now or those stories will be lost forever. That means all helping to stop the destruction from illegal off-road vehicles and fires.

The ICE AND FIRE project is making a positive difference looking after the past and giving a future to this precious resource, our Eston Hills.

The Team

The Landscape

Neolithic Cup-and-Ring Rock Art

– ICE AND FIRE Project Team



ICE AND FIRE | Reminder: Free Guided Archaeology Walk Sun 29 Oct


Sun 29 Oct | 10am – 1pm FREE
Meet at Flatts Lane Country Park Visitor Centre, Flatts Lane, Normanby, TS6 0NN | Free parking

Weather Forecast | Cloudy, mostly dry, possible light shower, cool 10ºC

Discover the prehistory of Eston Hills with archaeologist Adam Mead and Forensic Anthropologist, Dave Errickson. Explore the traces of early human activity. This free guided walk will show archaeological sites including those uncovered in this year’s Heritage Lottery funded ICE AND FIRE project — shortlisted for a 2017 national community archaeology award.

Anna Turley, MP for Redcar, pictured above with some of our younger volunteers.

There will also be the chance to view and handle some of the recent finds!

This ongoing project aims to explore, record and celebrate the evidence for over 10,000 years of human life, death, ingenuity and persistence in a fragile community landscape.

The walk may not be suitable for some people due to the rough terrain and a steep incline to the top of the hills. Strong, stout shoes or boots are a must with the usual advice to bring waterproof clothing, and plenty of liquid refreshment. Toilet facilities are located in the Flatts Lane visitor centre. Dogs and difficult husbands should be kept on a lead please.

– ICE AND FIRE Project Team