Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tebay Roman Fort dig opens to the public

Lunesdale Archaeology Society, a community archaeology group supported by ACTion with Communities in Cumbria (ACT), are looking forward to welcoming members of the public to their second annual open day at Low Borrowbridge Roman Fort, south of Tebay.

The event, on Friday 10th August, 1pm until 7pm, will be a rare chance to visit the Roman Fort, situated at Low Borrowbridge Farm just off the A685 on the Fairmile road. The site of the fort is on private land which is not usually open to the public but for one day only the excavations and finds from the dig will be on public display.

During the open day, life as a soldier at the fort will be brought to life by Joseph Jackson from Cumbria Heritage who will give guided tours of the site in full Roman costume. There will be demonstrations of Roman cookery, spinning and a display of work about life at the fort by the pupils of Tebay Primary School. Reproduction examples of Roman weapons and armour will be on display and archaeologists will be on hand to talk about the artefacts found during the dig. Refreshments will be available and entry is free.
If you fancy following your visit to the fort with a Roman meal, the Cross Keys Inn in Tebay have joined in the fun and will be serving a Roman themed specials menu. Landlord Tony Gerrard said “On Friday we will be joining in with the Roman day by serving Prandium (lunch) from 12 till 3pm and Cena (dinner) from 5pm till 9pm”

The fort is of huge significance in the area as the Roman road on which it stood was positioned in the centre of the Lune valley on a strategic north/south route controlling trade and movement through the mountains from the south to Hadrian’s Wall, nearly 2000 years ago.

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