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8 week ancient dig ends

Volunteers are helping archaeologists uncover the past Credit: ITV Border

An archeological dig in West Cumbria ends today after a successful eight week project.

Over 80 volunteers have helped uncover part of a Roman settlement in Maryport.

All the items that have been recovered will now be taken away to be assessed and analysed.

While the field will be restored to pasture, there's still a lot of work to be done.

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

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.

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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.

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:

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