Anna Turley welcomes exciting Eston Hills Archaeology Project


Redcar MP Anna Turley has welcomed Teesside Archaeological Society’s ‘ICE AND FIRE’ project to explore and record Stone Age archaeology on the Eston Hills.

ICE AND FIRE is a community project designed to explore and record prehistoric archaeology at risk. It will involve volunteers from the local community and will focus on the recording of prehistoric artefacts on the Eston Hills before they are destroyed as a result of constant vandalism and arson. 

The investigations will involve the excavation of a series of test pits in areas where flint tools and debris have been found on the surface. This will give us a better understanding of our shared past, the state of preservation and, in turn, a bigger picture of the Stone Age communities in the Tees Valley area.

The society has received £9,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to undertake the project.

Teesside Archaeological Society’s Events Officer and project director Adam Mead commented:

“We are truly thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and we are confident the project will help engage people from the local community in the understanding of our fragile, irreplaceable local heritage and the importance of protecting it”.

Ivor Crowther, Head of HLF North East, added:

“Eston Hills is famous as the place where John Vaughn and John Marley discovered ironstone – a find which transformed Middlesbrough from a small town to the centre of ironmaking in Britain. Now communities and volunteers will play a key role in uncovering and protecting the archaeological treasures and local stories still to be discovered. Redcar and Cleveland is one of our priority areas for funding so we’re delighted to support this project thanks to National Lottery players.”

Anna said:

"This is an exciting project and it was great to hear from Teesside Archaeological Society about the Mesolithic and Neolithic tools already found at the site and on their plans for the project.

"The Eston Hills have a famous and very proud history as the birthplace of Teesside's iron and steel industry and the plethora of industries that followed it. This project could reveal a whole new level of history that predates what we already know about Teesside.

“Sadly the hillside is getting churned up by people on motorbikes and quad bikes, as well as fly tipping and arson, and this is jeopardising important and delicate archaeological findings. I wish the team well in their excavations to record and preserve the artefacts before they are lost.”

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Image: Anna meeting with project director Adam Mead

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