Roman street, house, shop and lots more found at Papcastle dig site
Published at 12:09, Friday, 04 October 2013
An archaeological dig has unearthed the main street of Roman Papcastle.
The remains of a shop, house, lane and yard were found during the six-week dig in the village near Cockermouth.
It was on land just south of the Belle Vue pub close to The Mount housing estate.
Archaeologists and volunteers found remains of a main road which led from Papcastle to Carlisle.
Other finds included a figurine of the goddess Venus which would have been used for worship in the home, jewellery, games counters, domestic cooking pots and a pestle and mortar.
It is believed to be an extension of the Derventio settlement, which was discovered during a dig last September.
The excavation was led by Grampus Heritage and Wardell Armstrong Archaeology.
Mark Graham, project manager, said: “We wanted to find an important part of the jigsaw where people lived and carried out their daily life.
“These finds really bring to life what it would have been like to live here during that time.”
The team hopes to carry out another dig next August to find a Roman cemetery.
They will carry geophysical surveys over various sites over the next few months and will start a mini-excavation in May.
Last year’s excavation revealed a Roman bath house, a nearby building believed to have been owned by a high-ranking military official and the remains of a body, believed to be have been hidden from 400AD towards the end of the Roman occupation.
The dig was made possible by £367,700 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Derventio was one of the largest Romano-British settlements found in northern England.
The Papcastle dig involved 20 local volunteers a day, including pupils from Fairfield Primary School and St Joseph’s Primary School in Cockermouth, Northside Primary School in Workington, Netherhall School in Maryport and Allonby Primary School.
People will have the last chance to see the excavation tomorrow between 10am and 3pm.
For more information, call 016973 21516.
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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