‘Uncovering Roman Carlisle’ Project Wins Two Archaeological Achievement Awards!

*Updated 27/11 – We won both awards!*

The Archaeological Achievement Awards (formerly the British Archaeology Awards) celebrate and recognise significant contributions to archaeology across the UK and Ireland and are coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology.

We are delighted that ‘Uncovering Roman Carlisle’ has been shortlisted for two awards in the following categories: ‘Learning, Training and Skills’ and ‘Public Dissemination or Presentation’.

The Uncovering Roman Carlisle project led to the discovery of some of the most significant finds from the excavation of Carlisle’s Roman Bathhouse – one of the most important Roman buildings ever to be found in Carlisle at the site of Hadrian’s Wall’s largest fort. Finds from the excavations made national and international news thanks to discoveries of two large and very unusual, sculpted heads – thought to be local versions of Roman theatre masks, third-century gemstones from finger rings, coins, stone inscriptions, bone hair pins, gaming pieces, graffitied pottery and lead seals.

Wardell Armstrong have led numerous community excavations since our archaeologists made the Bathhouse’s initial discovery in 2017, which has made it possible for people with an interest in archaeology to get in touch with their Romano-British heritage. Earlier this year we were delighted to be able to welcome over 500 local school children to our community excavations, who were able to see first-hand some of the smaller artefacts that have been found on the site. Wardell Armstrong have also enabled 400 volunteers to take part in the excavations and set up and delivered bespoke training programs for the project.

The project was funded by the Shared Prosperity Fund and was delivered in partnership with Cumberland Council, Wardell Armstrong, Tullie and Carlisle Cricket Club.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in York on Friday 24 November 2023.

Image: Stuart Walker Photography

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