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Visit to Whitley Castle Roman Fort - Saturday September 16th 2017
Our next guided archaeology walk should be an absolute classic. On Saturday September 16th our Honorary President, Prof. Stewart Ainsworth, will take us on a guided tour of Whitley Castle (Epiacum) Roman Fort. Situated a couple of miles or so to the north-west of Alston in Cumbria, this is one of the hidden treasures of the North Pennines and certainly one of the most significant archaeological sites in the region.

At 330m above sea level, Epiacum was the highest stone-built Roman Fort in Britain. Its ramparts, still impressive earthworks to this day, are amongst the most elaborate anywhere.

Stewart is an acknowledged expert on Epiacum having carried out a major survey of the site for English Heritage from 2007 to 2009. He will show us not only the remains of the fort itself, but also discuss the adjacent civilian settlement (vicus) and the evidence for continuous human occupation of the area both before and after the Roman period.

We are organising this visit as a joint event with Ingleborough Archaeology Group and we are looking forward to welcoming our friends and colleagues from across the Pennines. We are most grateful to Epiacum Heritage Trust Ltd for granting us permission to hold this event,

For further details please see the Activities page of this website. This is sure to be a popular event and early booking is advised.
 
Stewart at the fort Ramparts of the fort from the south
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Striking profile of the ramparts from the west Satellite image of Whltley Castle (courtesy Apple Maps)
News Record: 30     Updated: 24-07-2017 15:52:58

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