Excavation at Senhouse Roman Museum
2015 Excavation & Summer Events
The Roman Temples Project, Maryport
The excavation will be open to the public 15 June to 14 August
In 2013 the Roman Temples Project unearthed the north-westernmost classical temple known from the Roman world. Our work enabled us to reconstruct the appearance of this building, with its red sandstone walls, yellow sandstone decoration and grey slate roof, and columned entrance. The 2014 season allowed the team to complete their investigation of the building, including the section of collapsed wall recovered at its southern end.
The main focus of the 2015 season will be to explore the area between the temples and the post holes where the altars were discovered in 1870. This will be the final excavation season of the current project.
Investigation of both areas forms part of Senhouse Museum Trust's research agenda for Maryport. The site’s famous altars have long been understood to be an especially important source of material for Roman cult practice. The project aims to determine the original context of these altars and in so doing to learn about the wider setting of ritual practices on Rome’s northern frontier. In order to achieve this aim, the team will be scrutinizing not only the temple and the circular building nearby, but also the setting of these two elements within the wider landscape. Geophysical survey results suggest that these buildings may have been enclosed by a ditched enclosure and this feature will be further sampled during the 2015 season
The excavation is a collaboration between the Senhouse Museum Trust and Newcastle University.
Visiting the excavation
Museum volunteers will be leading tours to the excavation on weekday afternoons at 2pm and 3.30pm. The tour is included in the Museum admission and adds about one hour to your visit.
Groups can book a special visit to the excavation either within normal Museum opening times or an evening visit. Group rates: Adult - £3.50, Child - £1.00 for a group of ten or more when booked in advance.
Monday 10 August, 7.30pm: Investigating animal burials
A hands-on workshop with Don O'Meara. £4.00 (places limited, booking essential)
Thursday 13 August, 7.30pm: Final Temple excavation lecture
With Professor Ian Haynes and Tony Wilmott. £4.00