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Published 6th Dec 2011

Dorman Museum. Credit: Mike Kipling

A Signal Failure?

New Analysis of the Yorkshire Coastal Fortlets

(‘Signal Stations’)

The annual Elgee Memorial Lecture, held to mark the outstanding contribution made by former Dorman Museum curator and archaeologist Frank Elgee in the 1920s and 30s, is being held this Friday at the Dorman Museum.

Traditionally, three local societies - Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society, Cleveland Industrial Archaeology Society and the Teesside Archaeological Society – take it in turn to organise this important lecture. This  year is the turn of the Teesside Archaeological Society who have found two speakers to deliver the lecture.

Rob Collins and Matthew Symonds will talk about the Roman Yorkshire Coastal Fortlets, or signal stations, the remains of which have been found along our coast between the Rivers Tees and Humber, namely at Saltburn-by-the-Sea (Huntcliffe), Goldsborough, Ravenscar, Scarborough and Filey.

The Speakers

Rob Collins completed his BA in Anthropology at SUNY Geneseo (2000) and MA in Medieval Archaeology at the University of York (2001). In 2007, he was awarded a PhD for his thesis, Decline, Collapse, or Transformation? Hadrian's Wall in the 4th-5th Centuries, also completed at the University of York. Works for the Portable Antiquities Scheme as Finds Liaison Officer, North East, and contributes lectures, seminars, and practicals at Newcastle University where he is a member of the School of Historical Studies.

Matthew Symonds studied archaeology at Nottingham University, and then at Christ Church, Oxford.  He is a visiting fellow at Newcastle University, and co-edited Frontiers of Knowledge: A Research Framework for Hadrian’s Wall.  He has excavated in Bulgaria, Sicily, Italy, and Britain, and can ask for a trowel in five different languages.

When and where

Friday 9 December, 7pm - 9pm. Admission is free and all are welcome. For further information, visit the Dorman Museum in Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough TS5 6LS, or call 01642 358101.

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