Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Roman fort digs gets £400,000 boost

ARCHAEOLOGISTS are going to be digging deep at a historic site in South Tyneside fort, thanks to a £400,000 award. The Heritage Lottery Fund has granted the cash to Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums for its Hadrian's Wall and its Legacy on Tyneside venture. Part of the project will be new excavations at Arbeia Roman Fort in Baring Street, South Shields, which was the supply base for the Wall for many years. The project, which will begin in the autumn, aims to uncover more about the history of Hadrian's Wall, from urban Tyneside to the Tyne Valley in Northumberland.

Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, said: "We are delighted to be involved in this important project.

"Arbeia Fort once controlled one of the main ports of entry to the Roman Empire in Britain, and is one of the nation's most significant archaeological sites.
"The project will give people a unique opportunity to discover more about this significant site."
Other sections of the wall to be explored are the remains of the Roman Fort of Condercum in Benwell, Newcastle, sections in Wallsend and central Newcastle, Roman finds from Gateshead and the "lost" Roman roads between Chesters and Corbridge in the Tyne Valley.