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Archaeologists uncover new findings at Roman fort

The remains of a town dating back nearly 2,000 years have been uncovered near Maryport.

The site is near to a Roman Fort and although it's been explored before, a new archaeological dig is uncovering extra material to help explain life in the 2nd and 3rd centuries.

Volunteers are helping archeologists to unearth what's been lying undisturbed for almost two millennia.

Matthew Taylor reports:


Roman town is uncovered in Maryport

A town dating back nearly 2,000 years has been uncovered near Maryport in Cumbria.

The site near to a Roman Fort has been explored before but a new archaeological dig has already uncovered extra material to help explain life in the 2nd and 3rd Centuries.

The dig will go on for the next two months. Local volunteers and people from outside the area are helping archeologists to unearth what's been lying undisturbed for two millennia.

Last day of archaeological dig in Maryport

Some archaeological finds Credit: ITV News Border

Archaeologists are completing their final day of this year's Settlement Project dig in Maryport.

The Roman civilian site is the largest settlement currently known along the Hadrian's Wall frontier.

Archaeologists have been working on the site for the past two months and have revealed the remains of six rectangular buildings, which have also been excavated.

Glass beads, remains of pots, whet stones and a spindle whorls are among other smaller artefacts found during the dig.

Flodden dig begins

Archaeologists have begun digging one of the country's most important battle-sites, to uncover the last resting place of thousands of men.

Flodden field was the scene of one of the bloodiest battles in British history- 15,000 men died in a fight between the Scots and the English.

Next week marks the 500th anniversary of the battle.


Full report: Maryport dig reveals Roman temple

Archeologists have uncovered the remains of a huge Roman temple during a dig in Maryport.

It is the latest in a long line of amazing discoveries to be unearthered at the site.

The team from Newcastle University, who are being helped by local volunteers, have even been given a helping hand by a fallen wall.

Hannah McNulty explains why:

A different team will also start excavating another part of the field next month to uncover a Roman civilian settlement. They're looking for volunteers to help with the dig. Anyone interested should contact the Hadrian's Wall Trust by clicking here

Roman dig in Maryport reveals ancient temple

Archaeologists in one of the trenches at the dig Credit: ITV News Border

Archaeologists at a Roman dig in Maryport have been showing off what they have found in their third year of excavations on the site.

The team, from the Senhouse Museum Trust and Newcastle University, have two years of work left to do.

Professor Ian Haynes from Newcaslte University Credit: ITV News Border

Professor Ian Haynes, from Newcastle University said:

"We've opened three trenches here at Marport this year and we are currently in the trench that has opened up a classic Roman temple.

"It is the finest classical temple in the north-west of England. In fact it is the north-western most Classic temple in the Roman world."

Alston Roman Fort: Full report

A Roman Fort in Alston is said to be possibly the best preserved example of Roman architecture in Europe. That is probably because it's been untouched since the Romans left.

Whitley Castle also known as Epiacum is a fort some way from Hadrian's Wall halfway down the South Tyne Valley.

The ancient monument lies on private farmland near Alston and until recently was visited only by sheep.

But now thanks to Heritage Lottery funding there are plans to uncover the site and maybe even set up a visitor centre.

Andy Burn has sent this report:

Alston Roman fort images

Aerial view of the Roman fort Credit: Elaine Edgar

A little known Roman fort near Alston in Cumbria is going to be made into a visitor attraction.

Whitley castle, or Epiacum to give it the Roman name, is still buried and has only been explored by archaeologists once. That was a small dig in 1957.

A team of volunteers are going to work to breath new life into the fort, whose foundations are preserved.

The Roman fort Credit: Elaine Edgar
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