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Helmet's return is "like a dream come true"

With just two days to go until a rare Roman helmet goes on display in Cumbria, ITV Border has been given a first glimpse.

The Crosby Garrett helmet was found in a field near Penrith and sold at auction to a mystery buyer for more than two million pounds.

It will be on public display at Carlisle's Tullie House Museum for three months from this weekend.


Crosby Garrett helmet goes on display

A Roman helmet found on a farm in Cumbria three years ago will go on display in the county for the first time later this week.

The Crosby Garrett helmet - named after the village where it was found - is going to be shown at Carlisle's Tullie House Museum from Friday.

The third century helmet was found on farmland near Penrith three years ago by a metal detector enthusiast.

It will remain on display until the end of January.

History in the rafters

A unique piece of Carlisle's history was accidentally discovered by a scaffolder during essential maintenance of the City's Old Town Hall.

A legal document dating back to 1669 fell out of the rafters during the renovation.

It appears to show a list of debtors in the City.

Full Report: Reiver raiders return

Nearly 500 years ago, towns in the Borders were run by ruthless men who would steal cattle and plunder their neighbours to gain wealth and status.

It was a bloodthirsty but colourful time in the region's history, and this weekend, Hawick will remember the Border Reivers through song and drama.

You can watch the full report from Jenny Longden below.


Reiver raiders return

Children perform at the Hawick Reiver Festival Credit: ITV News

A festival celebrating and remembering the men that once fought for Border towns takes place this weekend.

The Hawick Reiver Festival is a programme of performances, demonstrations and re-enactments to give local people and visitors a flavour of what the town would have been like nearly 500 years ago.

Among the activities planned, there will be a fancy dress parade, jousting, a medieval market and singing from local schools.

A full programme of events is available here:

Medieval spindle whorl found at ancient site

Spindle whorl found near Philiphaugh in Selkirk which is believed to date from the medieval period Credit: Southern Uplands Partnership

A spindle whorl, believed to be medieval, has been found at Philihaugh in Selkirk.

Workers from Scottish Water unearthed what could be remains of an ancient medieval village whilst carrying out water works.

Archaeologists are now working to discover how large the site is and how far the remains date back.

Medieval buildings cover a 'sizeable area' say archaeologists

The remains of a medieval village are thought to have been discovered on the outskirts of Selkirk in the Scottish Borders.

Scottish Water was laying a new water main at Philiphaugh when workers made the discovery.

Archaeologists say that a number of stone buildings have been found across a sizeable area, suggesting that there may have been an entire settlement.

"We knew there had been something there, we just didn't know where it was.

"Now we have the village, and it is quite an extensive village.

"We have got a really extensive area of maybe half a kilometre where we have had buildings right along the road running to the salmon viewing centre."

– Chris Bowles, Scottish Borders Council

Scottish Borders Council say that the ancient remains will now be taken away for closer examination.

Carbon dating will be used to try to give a more precise timeframe for when the settlement was inhabited.

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