Sunday, 17 February 2019

Romans in Ravenglass exhibition launched!

The Romans in Ravenglass exhibition was launched at the Ravenglass Railway Museum on Friday 17th February! Lots of people were invited, including the main sponsors, the LLW Repository. Unfortunately, the author of the panels, Kurt, was unable to attend but hopes to see the exhibition later in the year.

Meanwhile, Brian & Leo got a starring role on the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Co Ltd Facebook page.  Here they are installing the exhibition panels:


Catch the exhibition from now until June 2019.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Hadrian's Wall Operations Manual by Simon Forty

This book not only covers the usual wall section, but also the rest of the area. Maryport gets a mention. And so does Ravenglass!  It's on page 164, under the section covering Civilians and the Wall, and concerns the excavation of the vicus undertaken in 2013-2014. The author has obviously read the publication (large file which may take several minutes to download) which was written by Kurt Hunter-Mann and produced by ArcHeritage.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Romans in Ravenglass exhibition boards!



The boards were printed and mounted by Friday and Kurt rushed down to the Press Green to pick them up at 5pm. They are currently residing in York, but due to be sent off to the Ravenglass Railway Museum on Monday.

Friday, 18 January 2019

Installing the exhibition!

As seen on the Facebook page for the Ravenglass Railway Museum: this is project stalwart Leo starting to fill up the exhibition cabinet with lots of Romans in Ravenglass finds. 

The exhibition will open on 15th February, with lots to see, including the cabinet, exhibition boards and videos.


Sunday, 13 January 2019

Happy New Year - with an exhibition!


Sneak preview: screen shot of the draft of one of the seven boards to be installed in the Museum - the finished board may look different!


The Romans in Ravenglass crew have been working on an exhibition which is to go into the Museum at Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway in February.  It will be be filling the Community Exhibition space.

LLW Repository Ltd has kindly funded the exhibition boards


Thursday, 4 October 2018

Day 5 - Excavations at Muncaster Castle

 
 
 Trench 1 showing rubble on both sides of the culvert, with the path at the far end
 
Trench 2 having been backfilled already, we devoted all out attention to Trench 1. Removal of the base of the path at the east end of the trench revealed more rubble, presumably the same fill as that at the west end of the trench and in Trench 2. Whatever the rubble filled was a very large cut. Although we didn't find anything Roman during the excavation, there is clearly still lots of archaeology to investigate at Muncaster Castle.

The final day backfilling team: Len, Bryan, Rowan and Alan
 
All that remained to do was to backfill Trench 2, then off to the cafe for some cake!

Thanks to the 2018 excavation team: Bryan Antoni, Alan Bell, Cath Duncan, Anita Garnett, Bridget Gerry, Brian Kennish, Rowan May, Leo Saldanha, Doug Scales and Len Watson. Thanks also to Peter Frost-Pennington for his support and for letting us use the Castle's cafe; and to Sharon Arrowsmith, Muncaster Castle curator, for supplying information about the site. Roll on 2019!

Day 4 - Excavations at Muncaster Castle

 Anita, Bryan, Len and Bridget working in Trench 1
 
The main discovery in Trench 1 was that the culvert had been inserted into the rubble fill. It is likely that the rubble filled a large ditch heading towards the castle, and the culvert had be constructed to improve drainage.


Leo and Rowan working in Trench 2

All that remained to be done in Trench 2 was to record and backfill it. However, Leo managed to recover a fine collection of 18th century pottery from the rubble layer!

The next blog will sum up the four days of digging!