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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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TV’s Coast films in West Cumbria

BBC TV series Coast has been filming in Maryport this week.

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FILMING: BBC Coast presenter Mark Horton in Maryport

In a show fronted by presenter and archaeologist Mark Horton, the programme will look at the excavations taking place at Camp Farm.

Researcher Dan Clarke said it would focus on evidence of the Romans and early Christians on the site and reflect on how people arrived at the west coast by sea, bringing with them their languages, customs and religions.

This episode will be shown next year as part of the 10th series of Coast.

The film crew spent two days in Maryport. On Monday they filmed around the marina and harbour and spent most of Tuesday at the archeological site.

The current dig has revealed a low platform built of yellow clay and cobbles to the north east of the circular and rectangular temples. Prof Ian Haynes, of Newcastle University, said it is being interpreted as a base for an altar.

He said: “If this is correct we may have discovered where the altars were first set up.

“The area is being extended to establish whether there are more of these.”

The team has been held back by the dry weather which makes it difficult to distinguish features in the ground.

They are waiting for rain to reveal again a series of inter-cutting ditches to the south of the temples which may suggest either earlier structures or a boundary for a ‘sacred space’.

Prof Haynes, the project director, and site director Tony Wilmott will give a final lecture on their findings at Maryport’s Senhouse Roman Museum at 7.30pm on Thursday.

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