Category Archives: News Updates

Aerial Photography

During the main excavation in 2013, we were lucky enough to have a visit from Adam Stanford, Aerial Cam, who specialises in detailed aerial photography of archaeological sites. He spent some time with the volunteers on site, showing them his set up on the land rover, which included a mast that could be winched up to a height of 22m […]

A New Building on the Very Last Day!

Excavations are famous for producing last minute surprises. We always joke that some of the most significant discoveries occur at the 11th hour just as the trench is due to be backfilled. Well, the 2013 excavation in the eastern vicus was no exception. In addition to main excavation area, we opened a small trench called […]

Exhibition August Opening

Throughout August, we will be opening the exhibiton on Saturdays and Sundays, 10am – 4pm, to coincide with the Cockermouth Museum group’s exhibition in the Kirkgate Centre. Manned by some of our regular volunteers, this is the chance for you to talk to people who have been working with us from the beginning of the […]

Hadrian’s Wall Visit

In April we went on the first of our full team visits to other archaeological sites. A mix of 37 volunteers, including families who had taken part in the on site family days,  and archaeological staff travelled to Hadrian’s Wall for a day out to Chesters Fort, where English Heritage kindly gave us a tour of the site, finishing […]

Post Excavation Environmental Workshops

Enviro Day

Thank you to all sixteen of our project volunteers who attended the post excavation environmental workshops led by Don O’Meara at Wardell Armstrong in Carlisle. The workshops were held on the 16th and 17th March 2013 and were attended by 8 participants on each day. It was fascinating to learn more about the process of post […]

Roman Exhibition

Saturday 26th January 2013 saw the launch of our Roman Exhibition at Cockermouth Town Hall, which was opened with speeches from Mark Graham, Tiffany Hunt from Heritage Lottery and Cockermouth Town Mayor, Isobel Burns. With glass in hand, everyone had a chance to read through the panels and stand with their noses and fingers pressed against the glass […]

Skeleton Reports

We have received the carbon date report for the skeleton discovered in the hypocaust and a report on the condition of the bones. The skeleton is that of an adult male aged in mid-thirties at the time of death. The carbon date report gives quite a broad date range in the Roman period but we […]

Post-Excavation Pottery Workshop

We would like to say a huge thank you to everybody who came to our first post-excavation workshop at the Wardell Armstrong offices on Saturday 17th November 2012. Our team of 17 volunteers washed a mountain of pottery recovered from the 2012 excavations and made a few new discoveries including the stamped amphora handle pictured below. It […]

A Hypocaust in Austria!

Whilst attending the conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies in Vienna last week I took the opportunity to visit the city’s Roman Museum.  The museum tells the story of Vindobona, a Roman legionary fortress on the Danube frontier which now lies beneath Vienna’s inner city. Accompanied by Frank Giecco of Wardell-Armstrong Archaeology Ltd, we were hoping to find […]

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