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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:

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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:

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

New life for Roman fort

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

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

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

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Roman dig in Maryport

Archaeologist began work on the site last year Credit: ITV

A major excavation is taking place at the Roman Fort in Maryport. It follows on from work done last year, which discovered evidence of a large wooden building.

Up until that point it was thought that 17 altar stones found on the site in the 19th Century had been buried as part of a religious ceremony, but they were found to have been reused in the foundations of the timber framed building.

The site was a Roman fort, with civilian settlement attached to it. A recent geophysical survey revealed the site to be one of the largest and best preserved in the north of England.

The dig is expected to cost just over £100,000 and is being led by archaeologists from Newcastle University.

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