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Digging up a good old Roman story

Our region is steeped in history and an archeological dig in Maryport tells a fascinating story of how people lived in Roman times.

It's the excavation of the largest civilian settlement along the Hadrian's Wall frontier.

Volunteers and archaeologists are due to finish their work on the site at Maryport next week, and Lori Carnochan went along to see what they've found.

Piecing together roman history

Archaeologists working on a Roman dig at Maryport say they are beginning to put together a complex story of one of the largest civilian settlements along the Hadrian's Wall frontier, between 100 and 300 AD.

"From our work so far it's possible there may be an earlier fort than the remains we can see in the next field, and possibly even a lost Roman harbour to the north of the present day harbour.

"We're concentrating on a building plot on the west side of the road. It's possible the road linked the fort with a Roman harbour. If this were the case, the road would have been a bustling thoroughfare along which most of the people and goods arriving at Maryport would have travelled."

– John Zant, Site Director

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Digging for more answers

Volunteers are helping archaeologists uncover the past Credit: ITV Border

New archeological evidence is provoking further questions at Maryport's Roman Settlement.

It is believed the site dates back to 300 AD and was home to a Roman fort and a harbour.

Recently recovered artefacts, such as jewellery and pottery, suggests that this was an area of trade with other parts of the Roman Empire.

It is hoped that digging further will give details about how people lived and the significance of Maryport in the Roman frontier.

Suspected palm oil discovery: investigations continue

Substances like this should be reported immediately Credit: ITV Border

Investigations are continuing into a suspected palm oil discovery in Maryport.

The substance is potentially deadly to dogs.

The waste has also been found recently on several beaches in southern Scotland.

Anyone who sees the substance is being asked to contact health officials immediately on 01900 702800.

WATCH: Maryport 'Palm oil' discovery investigated

The discovery of a substance, believed to be one that can be deadly to dogs, is being investigated. The waste was found on a beach in Marport and is being tested to see if it is solidified palm oil. Palm Oil has a wide variety of uses and is found in food, household products and biofuels.

In the last few weeks it's been found on beaches across Britain including Dumfries and Galloway. Officials there say it's thought it may have been washed ashore after being pumped from ships.

Rare discovery of 'palm oil' is being investigated

A woman walking on the beach at Maryport found was is believed to be a lump of solidified palm oil.

Tests are now being carried out to find out what it is.

The substance was found by a member of the public on Maryport beach Credit: ITV Border

Allerdale Borough Council said it's the first incident it has come across involving the discovery of solidified palm oil on the beach.

The council want to reassure the public that this is an isolated incident and yesterdays discovery will be disposed of safely.

The solidified substance looks like this Credit: ITV Border

If the public spot something they believe is palm oil, they are advised to keep dogs away from it and report it to the customers services team at Allerdale Borough Council on 01900 702800.

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'Solidified Palm Oil' found on Maryport beach

The Environment Agency says a lump of allegedly solidified palm oil has been found washed up on Maryport beach. A member of the public made the disovery. The EA says it is working with the local authority to investigate further and arrange for a safe disposal.

If members of the public find similar material on the beach they should report it to the local authority environmental health department.

– Environment Agency spokesperson

Similar discoveries have also been made on beaches in Dumfries and Galloway in recent weeks. The chalky white substance can be fatal to pets.

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:

High speeds blamed for fatal crash

It was an early morning crash that killed three men and left two West Cumbrian communities stunned.

Today, the high speed of one of the cars has been blamed for the collision between Maryport and Aspatria last October.

In one car, volunteer firefighter Michael Harrison from Aspatria. In the other car, 18-year-old passenger Todd Ridley and driver, 22-year old-Jamie Edmonson, both from Maryport.

All three died at the scene. Hannah McNulty reports.

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