More Roman remains revealed at Cumbrian dig
|Aerial view of the Roman fort of Derventio [Credit: Visit Cumbria]|
Archaeologists and volunteers found remains of a main road which led from Papcastle to Carlisle.
Other finds included a figurine of the goddess Venus which would have been used for worship in the home, jewellery, games counters, domestic cooking pots and a pestle and mortar.
It is believed to be an extension of the Derventio settlement, which was discovered during a dig last September.
The excavation was led by Grampus Heritage and Wardell Armstrong Archaeology.
Mark Graham, project manager, said: “We wanted to find an important part of the jigsaw where people lived and carried out their daily life.
|Survey map by Grampus Heritage [Credit: Papcastle Org]|
The team hopes to carry out another dig next August to find a Roman cemetery.
Last year’s excavation revealed a Roman bath house, a nearby building believed to have been owned by a high-ranking military official and the remains of a body, believed to be have been hidden from 400AD towards the end of the Roman occupation.
The dig was made possible by £367,700 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Derventio was one of the largest Romano-British settlements found in northern England.
The Papcastle dig involved 20 local volunteers a day, including pupils from Fairfield Primary School and St Joseph’s Primary School in Cockermouth, Northside Primary School in Workington, Netherhall School in Maryport and Allonby Primary School.
Source: Times & Star [October 04, 2013]