Friday, July 13, 2012

Hadrian’s Wall Forts Get New Funding

HERE'S YOUR chance to get your hands dirty at a new series of archaeological dig sites at Ancient Roman forts along Hadrian's Wall in northeastern England.

A community archaeology project has just received £400,000 (over $600,000) from Britain's Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to uncover the history of Hadrian's Wall.

The thrilling part is that the digs are in hitherto unexplored areas with the promise of unexpected finds — and that the general public can take part.

Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums is organising the three-year project, which will involve more than 500 people in the Newcastle/Tyneside/South Shields area.

Work will begin in autumn 2012 to unearth details about Hadrian's Wall, including large sections under modern-day roads and buildings, and to raise awareness of the Roman fortification in local communities, including Arbeia Roman Fort (photo upper left).