A selection of archaeological finds from Hartlepool and the surrounding area.
Recovering this section of the bow of a wooden shipwreck was not easy and it took four members of Tees Archaeology (the three in the image plus the photographer!), to carefully maneouvre the extremely heavy, waterlogged timber into a waiting van.More detail »
Following house clearance onthe south side of Olive Street , a dig revealed 4 medieval kilns which had possibly been used for making lime. in the background, Henry Smith School can be seen.
The bowling green behind the wall is still there.More detail »
In 1999, a section of hull from a wooden shipwreck was reported washed up on Middleton beach, close to the Banjo Pier. Maritime archaeologists from Tees Archaeology visited the site tpo photograph and record the remains. Although it was not possible to positively identify the wreck, it is likely to be that of the wooden trawler Margaret (HL 92), which suffered an engine explosion in 1960 and was abandoned as a total loss. Local information suggests the vessel was set on fire one Bonfire Night and the wreckage at the Banjo Pier showed clear evidence of burning.More detail »
In December 2002, significant beach loss uncovered large parts of the Seaton Carew Designated Historic Wreck, which is generally almost completely buried in the sand. The importance of this wooden vessel was recognised in 1996 when it received its Historic Wreck designation.More detail »