The 2017 Heritage Lottery-funded rescue archaeology excavations on the Eston Hills, Teesside, have now been completed and post-excavation work on the finds, records and digital plans is about to commence. We can say that, in the two weeks of test pit and trench work, we have finds and features of both regional and national significance! We may even be able to talk about “Eston Henge” if our field observations prove true – that’s to test next year, funds permitting.
“Thank you so much for everything you did yesterday. The kids had a wonderful day. Please pass on my thanks to Matthew also for fielding so many questions. The kids learned so much and it was a real treat for them to get to see the rock art, hearths, as well as dig. I hope you get the funding to continue to project (I’m sure you will). Hopefully we can work together again soon.”
– Charlotte Spink | Access and Community Engagement Officer, Culture Durham | Durham University
Half way through the season, archaeological filmmaker Archaeosoup Productions visited the project and, with the help of fantastic drone footage by Clive Winward, has produced this 15 minute dramatic video of what we have learnt so far in this first of hopefully many seasons ahead. Project director Adam Mead explains the context of the project, its strategy and methods.
Thanks are extended to the project staff and the many volunteers – 25 people of all ages and backgrounds each day – for their enthusiasm, hard work and achievements, despite sometimes challenging ‘summer’ weather.
“What an amazing video, beautifully produced.”
– Prof Peter Rowley-Conwy | Durham University, Department of Archaeology
We’re also delighted to have hosted Anna Turley MP and the Redcar & Cleveland countryside ranger team to see work in progress and hear about the important finds so far. The volunteers are also writing diary pieces about their experiences and we’ll post these here very soon with more pictures to enjoy.
Teesside is very much on the regional and national archaeology map!