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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.

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.

'Lost village' discovered near Selkirk

Stones, cobbles and artefacts discovered by archaeologists near Selkirk are most likely to belong to a lost village dating from between the 14th and 16th centuries.

The discoveries were made during a Scottish Water project to lay a new water main at Philiphaugh. The location is also within the site of the 1645 Battle of Philiphaugh, though historical accounts of the battle make no mention of a village in the area.

The investigations by GUARD Archaeology Limited have uncovered the foundations of stone built structures, cobbled farmyards and the foundations of walls, buildings and hearths.

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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