'Special' find at Cumbrian dig

The Roman military altar Credit: ITV Border

Archaeologists excavating a field near the Senhouse museum in Maryport have discovered a Roman military altar.

Seventeen altar stones were originally found on the site in 1870.This latest addition comes after three months of digging on the site.

Volunteer John Murray, a Maryport resident, made the find. He told ITV Border:

Over the past few weeks the team, which also includes students and professors from Newcastle University, have also unearthed Christian graves.

They believe the 18 altar stones were reused as foundation stones for a large aisled building, possibly a church.

Lead archaeologist Tony Wilmott said:

The dig was made possible due to funding from The Senhouse Museum Trust.

Tony Wilmott and John Murray turn over the altar to read the inscriptions. Credit: ITV Border