History buffs asked to dig deep

Date: Tuesday 29th August 2017

PLANS have been unveiled for new excavations at Epiacum Roman fort, near Alston.

For seven days next month, Dr. Rob Young will be supervising “community diggers” to open up carefully selected test pits just outside the scheduled monument area in order to further the understanding of all periods of Epiacum’s history.

A spokesman said: “Digging will be open to members of the public on a fee-paying basis and two of the days are dedicated family days so that our younger fans can take part, too.

“We will be opening up around 20 test pits to explore a suspected parade ground location, a significant Iron Age settlement close to the fort and an unknown structure that featured in the geophysical survey.”

In order to fully cover the costs of the new excavations, which will take place on 23rd and 24th September and Wednesday, 27th September, to Sunday, 1st October, a total of about £2,400 will have to be raised. There is no grant funding to cover the work.

Epiacum has been described by Professor Stewart Ainsworth, of television’s Time Team, as “the most significant archaeological monument in the region”.