Saturday, February 11, 2012

What did the Romans do for Cumbria?

Jupiter was the king of the Roman gods, the mighty god of thunder and lightening. Ruling over laws and social order, the Romans believed he led their armies to victory.

From left, curator of the Senhouse Roman Museum Jane Laskey, project director Professor Ian Haynes of Newcastle University, site director Tony Wilmott and Dr Nigel Mills, director of world heritage at Hadrian's Wall Heritage Ltd

It's fitting perhaps that evidence of Jupiter's importance to a 2,000-year-old civilisation was found, buried on a hill close to the Roman fort in Maryport.

The 17 altar stones discovered in the area around Maryport's Camp Farm in 1870 are of international significance.

They are the only altar stones known to have been buried, quite deliberately, perhaps by the people of the fort or civilian encampment nearby.

The altars, preserved and recorded under the instruction of the then estate owner Humphrey Senhouse, are now housed in the town's Senhouse Roman Museum. They are also the largest collection ever found in a single site and much of what is known about the Roman armies comes from what has been learned from them.

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