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Archaeology at Epiacum Roman Fort

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Epiacum Roman Fort

Castle Nook Farm

Kirkhaugh

Nr Alston

CA9 3BG

United Kingdom

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Throw down your tablet and pick up your trowel at one of England’s best preserved historic landscapes!

A 2012 aerial survey showed curious marks on the ground indicating over 3000 years of human habitation. Is the large rectangular shape a Roman parade ground or an early timber fort? Are the hollows and humps a medieval village?

Support our test pit digs and find out!

Please make all bookings via https://www.epiacumheritage.org/events/dig-in-at-epiacum-excavations/

Dig days:

For those able to travel here and wanting to get their trowels dirty we have seven days of digging available (23rd, 24th, & 27th – 30th September and 1st October, 9.30am to 5pm) at £30 per day per person, under the expert tuition of Dr Rob Young, formerly of English Heritage and Leicester University.

Family field days:

23 & 24 Sept – half day sessions available, either AM (10am- 12.30) or PM (14.00 – 16.30), for accompanied 6 – 16 year olds £8 child & £15 adult per half day

Excavation Tours:

Guided tours on Thursday 28th and Saturday 30th September. 11am and 3pm £5 per person

Armchair Archaeologists:

For everyone, but especially those who are unable, just too far away or otherwise occupied, you can still join in by subscribing to our Daily Dig In Diary – an email with exclusive video and images of each day’s activities and finds for you £15 per subscriber.

Armchair Archaeologistsubscribe £15.00 GBP

Please make all bookings via https://www.epiacumheritage.org/events/dig-in-at-epiacum-excavations/


Donations:

As a small not-for-profit organisation all our income, after costs, is spent on conservation and engagement activities that benefit the fabulous landscape heritage here at Epiacum. Any donations you would like to make to support our work will be very gratefully received. Thank you for your kind support.

Group bookings:

It is also possible for educational and youth groups to make block bookings. Please email us at epiacum@gmail.com or call 01434 382080 to talk about how you would like to get involved.

Please note:

  • Epiacum Heritage is a not for profit company and all income supports our conservation and engagement work.

  • Diggers will need to bring: full waterproofs, sun protection, strong footwear, food and drink.

  • The excavation site is exposed to all weathers. There is a simple composting toilet and basic shelter available on site in a consolidated bastle house a short walk away.

  • The excavation site is on a working sheep and cattle farm on a hillside and is the highest stone Roman fort in the Roman province of Britannia (1050ft, or 320m above sea level). As such, you are likely to encounter livestock and a lot of weather, as well as wildlife and a beautiful landscape. Pet dogs are not allowed on the excavations to safeguard the livestock.

  • The terrain is very rough underfoot and is very boggy in places. There is a steep hill to climb up from the car park. If you think this could present you with difficulties, please contact us before booking to discuss your concerns and ways we may be able to help you.

Other Ways You Can Help:

We know some people just can’t afford to help us financially, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help in other ways:

  • Please talk to your friends and colleagues who might be interested in joining in

  • Don’t forget to share this event in your favourite facebook and twitter groups

Thank you! Hope you can join us!

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Epiacum Roman Fort

Castle Nook Farm

Kirkhaugh

Nr Alston

CA9 3BG

United Kingdom

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Refund Policy

No Refunds

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