The project is a community based archaeological investigation focusing on understanding more about the Roman Heritage of Ravenglass, including the Fort, Bath House and Civilian Settlement (Vicus).
The work was to be carried out by volunteer groups including members of Muncaster Parish Council, Ravenglass Village Forum, Local History groups, Lake District National Park Archaeology Volunteer Service and wider volunteers within the Copeland area. An archaeological contractor was responsible for supervising the fieldwork and delivering training in fieldwork techniques.
Project Manager Holly Beavitt-Pike from LDNPA said “An additional programme of outreach was developed and delivered at local primary schools and open days. In order to promote this project to wider audience numerous events were also be held at various places across Cumbria – including The Beacon Museum in Whitehaven. An on-site interpretation panel and a leaflet will be produced as part of the project to promote the heritage at Ravenglass.
The Romans in Ravenglass archaeological project was a great opportunity to explore the extent of a previously unexcavated civilian settlement, a vicus. We knew about the Roman Bath House and the Roman Fort but little was known about the extent of the vicus.
Additional funding was provided by The Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic England.