Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Lottery cash will fund major Roman dig in west Cumbria

Almost £400,000 has been secured to fund a major excavation of a key Roman settlement unearthed during the 2009 floods.

The discovery, at Papcastle, near Cockermouth, is one of the largest Romano-British settlements ever found in northern England.

The lottery cash – totalling £367,700 – will allow archaeologists to discover the secrets behind the settlement.

Mark Graham, project manager for Grampus Heritage said:"This is fantastic news. The 'Discovering Derventio' project is a great opportunity for anybody interested in archaeology to learn new skills and make exciting new discoveries. By working together, professional archaeologists and local volunteers will re-write the history of Roman Papcastle."

Local history groups have welcomed the news. Gloria Edwards, secretary of the Cockermouth History Group, has taken part in previous Roman excavations in the area.