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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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Seven-week Roman dig to begin in Cockermouth

A major Roman dig is due to start in Cockermouth next week.

Grampus Heritage and Training will undertake a seven-week excavation on a field behind the Lakes Homecentre, off Low Road.

The team is returning after it carried out a four-week dig at Broomlands in 2010.

That dig came about after water from the 2009 floods cut a straight channel across the field, which lies on the south bank of the River Derwent between Papcastle and Cockermouth. After the waters receded, local people reported finding pottery and Roman material there.

Grampus carried out an excavation and among the discoveries was a Roman mill.

Now experts are returning to have a closer look at a section.

In 2012 Grampus received £367,700 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for three major excavations and several geophysical surveys to discover the secrets of the Derventio Roman settlement in Papcastle and Cockermouth.

The Broomlands dig will be the last major excavation in the three-year project.

Volunteers are invited to get involved from 9.30am on Wednesday. Excavation work will run from 9.30am to 4pm, Mondays to Saturdays. For more information, visit www.discoverderventio.co.uk or call 016973 21516.

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