Monday, 31 October 2016

A taste of Roman life on the frontier

Futurelearn is a running a free course about Hadrian's Wall , starting November 7th. As Ravenglass could be considered to be in the Hadrian's Wall area (and very likely helping to supply it), it might be worth having a look at the course:

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https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/hadrians-wall

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Comment: From our Ravenglass Correspondent!


The National Grid have just sent an email announcing that it will brief us on the route of the pylons/ undergrounding of its cables from the Moorside Nuclear Power Station to be built alongside Sellafield on 25th Oct. 

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Comment: Landslide near fort

On 26th September Brian noted:

"I went past the fort this morning and noticed a small earth slide from the top ... The slide is at the north west top of the site  and is about 2.5 metres long and has slid about 2 metres down ... There was nothing of interest exposed as far as I could tell."
 

Friday, 23 September 2016

Kurt's Excavation diary, 12th - 16th September 2016


Monday 12 September
 Ravenglass - part of the sea wall
Here we are again, just a brief visit this time. Kurt and Bryan examined the new sea wall in front of the Roman fort – massive boulders set in a deep trench. Let’s hope that it will prevent erosion of the fort for the foreseeable future.

Tuesday 13 September
 
On site, working hard

While Bryan was getting his car fixed in Whitehaven, Kurt assisted the locals (Brian, Leo, Len, Alan and Nick) in recording a small mound near the Decoy Pond. There had been talk of this being an ancient mound, but a recent investigation had been inconclusive. The heavens opened in the afternoon, so we decided to complete the work the following day!


Wednesday 14 September
 The finished trench
With Bryan back on the case, we made steady work of the small trenches across the mound. This confirmed that the mound was entirely natural. Similar features were observed in the surrounding area, and are probably merely irregularities in the landscape, which formed following the last glaciation some 10,000 years ago. Not the most exciting conclusion, but that’s archaeology!  Sandra arrived by train during the day, and in the evening we had a fine meal in the Ratty Arms with Brian, Patty, Leo and Debbie.

Thursday 15 September
The morning was spent on the Ratty railway, taking in Eskdale Mill at Boot. This impressive working watermill now has a third waterwheel, this time devoted to the production of electricity. Bearing in mind the many powerful streams in the area, it does seem strange that these streams are not utilised for power generation with the aid of some sympathetic engineering.

 
Is it Pot or Not? 
In the afternoon, up at Muncaster Castle, Sandra & Bryan sorted the last batch of Roman finds recovered from the beach, probably mostly from the fort. The pottery included Samian ware, the brick and tile included flue tile from a hypocaust, and there was also the greater part of a fine quernstone. This added to the already impressive assemblage of finds that had been recovered from the beach.

Friday 16 September


Still on guard at Ravenglass
Back to York, via a snack van at Devil’s Bridge, Kirby Lonsdale!  Thanks to the Ravenglass locals for being so welcoming again. Hopefully we’ll be back soon.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

What's going on?

The team, comprising some of the usual suspects,* will be out in Ravenglass between 12th-16th September, investigating a mound, and also recording finds made on the beach.  If you see us, do come over and we'll tell you what we've found.


*Brian, Bryan, Kurt, Leo & Sandra; Rowan wasn't able to come with us this time