Programme - 2017 / 18

Wed 20 Sept

AGM -Then Norman Redhead will provide an update on the Castleshaw Hinterland Survey, with the results of recent archaeological investigations outside the fort north defences and at Waters Clough, followed by Phil Barrett's presentation of his recent investigations: 'Saddleworth 712 revisited - Lidar and Geophysics'.

Wed 18 Oct

Pete Wilson:   
Recent highlights of Roman Yorkshire: roads, houses and pure research

Wed 8 Nov

Dr. Andrew Birley:
Joint Lecture with Saddleworth Historical Society

VINDOLANDA and the archaeology of a frontier in transition.

Note: This talk is at Saddleworth Museum, 7:30 pm   (map) OL3 6HS
Members of either society: Free,  Non-members 3-00

Wed 15 Nov

Melanie Giles:

Worsley Man and the Iron Age bog bodies of north-western Europe

Wed 13 Dec

Norman Redhead:  
The Archaeology of Death in Greater Manchester


Wed 17 Jan

Felicity Wild

Making Samian Ware: Dating the Romans

Wed 21 Feb

Ian Trumble
Bolton's Egypt:  Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow'

Wed 21 March

Stuart McKie 
Romano-British Curse Tablets

Unless indicated all meetings are at
 Civic Hall, Lee Street, Uppermill, OL3 6AE

   7:30 pm                      Directions/Map ... Here.                  T.B.C. = To Be Confirmed
Use the side entrance to the Civic Hall (Near the rear car park)
and it's the room facing you through the door.

Next committee meeting
 Wed 7th March. 2018  7:15pm, Location  :  The X Keys.

Digital version of 'Saddleworth Seven One Two'

We are very pleased to have been given permission to publish a digital version of the booklet 'Saddleworth Seven One Two'.
This booklet contains the work of Donald Haigh and the '712 Group' during the 1970s and early 1980s in tracing the route of Roman Road 'Margary 712' From Manchester, out of Oldham and towards the forts at Castleshaw.
For futher details see here, the booklet is available from the Documents page.

Bloomery (Iron Furnace) Test pitting and survey - 1st - 3rd October   (Grid Ref SD 999 103)


At the north east corner of the Castleshaw upper reservoir (map) There was a test pitting exercise with a laser scan survey, earthwork survey and geophysical survey (the latter at a later day).

The aim was to record and understand a series of depressions and mounds that are adjacent to the medieval iron smelting furnaces (Bloomery) excavated in 1993. (See the reports)


   Summary and Photos ...        More Photos ...







The next scheduled meeting of the Friends is:

  Tues  11th Sept,  7:30 pm  at Saddleworth Museum, Uppermill. (map)




The Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts , 2017