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Devoted to all things Roman in Yorkshire

Examples of Yorkshire’s Roman Heritage

If you were to ask most people what was most important about our county’s history, you would hear inevitably about the Wars of the Roses, the Vikings, the Industrial Revolution perhaps,  but the Romans? Probably not, which is a shame, because without them, Yorkshire as we know it today simply wouldn’t exist. On the left are a few examples of what they left behind, both below the ground and above it.


This website aims to increase the profile of our Roman heritage, and provide a focal point for anyone with an interest in Roman Yorkshire, whether they be a professional archaeologist, or just have a passing curiosity in what happened in our region nearly 2000 years ago. This is a new project and will take some time to fully develop, so please bear with us whilst that happens. If you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to let us know - we will take all comment on board - and might even publish them!

Welcome to our New Website

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Latest Roman News

Please keep us informed of any new publications, finds, research etc. which may be included here. Please contact the Editor. We also welcome any contributions of articles for publication on this site, or in our newsletter Roman Yorkshire, from members and non-members alike. We cannot guarantee to publish any work submitted as it must satisfy a range of criteria, but we promise to seriously consider any piece we receive.  So if you’re considering submitting an article or piece of research, please read our guidelines. And finally, if you’ve any comments whatsoever, please click below.

Keep Us Informed!

15/2/13

New Project Examining the Roman Roads near Thornton le Street

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1/2/13

NEW BOOK!!

Handbook to Legionary Fortresses by M.C. Bishop

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1/2/13

Roman Settlement Project - 1st Newsletter published

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1/2/13

NEW publication launch - Norton Pottery Kiln

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1/1/13

Roman Army School 2013

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19/8/12

Rare Roman Glass Jug Found in Doncaster More


19/8/12

Launch of Roman Yorkshire More


20/6/12

Launch of CD featuring Photos and Maps of RR712 from Castleshaw to Slack More


30/5/12

Launch of Monograph on Faverdale Roman site, Darlington More

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Non members always welcome, for the miniscule sum of £2. Follow links for more details.

Recent advances in Roman Roads research in Yorkshire - Mike Haken

Saturday September 20th 2014, Claremont, 2pm

 

Romans in Ryedale and Beyond

Joint conference with Malton Museum, Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies and The Friends of Malton Museum

Saturday October 18th 2014, 9.30-6pm, Milton Rooms, Malton . Booking required Full Details 


Recent work on Finds from Roman London -Michael Marshall

Museum of London Archaeology

Saturday November 15th 2014, Claremont, 2pm


Recent investigations by MAP in Yorkshire - Paula Ware,

MAP Archaeological Practice 

Saturday January 17th 2015, Claremont, 2pm   – ‘‘


 Recent work on Developer Funded Romano-British Sites Including the Beverley By-pass - Dave Evans

Humber Archaeology Partnership

Saturday March 21st 2015, Claremont, 2pm

 

Roman Binchester: New Results and New Perspectives - Dr David Petts

University of Durham

Tuesday March 31st 2015, 7.30pm Tempest Anderson Hall, Yorkshire Museum (Joint meeting with the Yorkshire Philosophical Society)


Recent Excavations on Roman Sites in Lincoln - Cecily Spall, MA MIfA,

FAS Heritage

Saturday May 16th 2015, Claremont, 2pm


ROMAN EMPIRE - Power & People

A major touring British Museum Exhibition is coming to Yorkshire!


The exhibition also gives visitors a chance to explore their own local Roman heritage. Fascinating artefacts from Leeds Museums and Galleries’ own collections and from other locally renowned museum’s collections will be on show including important jewellery, sculpture and religious objects from across the region. Leeds City Museum is one of only six UK venues to host this remarkable exhibition and provides a rare opportunity for visitors to see the British Museum’s objects in Leeds. Roman objects can also be explored in our permanent galleries including the 1st century BC Lanuvium marbles and a mosaic from Dalton Parlours, the only excavated Roman villa in West Yorkshire.


20 September 2014 - 4 January 2015 FREE ADMISSION

Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds. LS2 8BH


Full details of dates are posted on the non-RAS Events list opposite.

Download the leaflet and poster


15 July 2014

RAS BARGAIN BOOKS STILL AVAILABLE

We still have the following Monographs from the Yorkshire Archaeological reports series on special offer. Click below for more details.


YAR 2 Excavations on the Roman villa at Beadlam by D S Neal (1966)

£15  DISCOUNTED PRICE ONLY £8 (+p&p)


YAR 3 The 1968 to 1970 Excavations in the vicus at Malton, North Yorkshire by L P Wenham and B Heywood (1997)

£19  DISCOUNTED PRICE ONLY £10 (+p&p)


YAR 6 Excavations at Bowes and Lease Rigg Roman Forts by S S Frere and R L Fitts (2009) £12  DISCOUNTED PRICE ONLY £6 (+p&p)


More Details




29 May 2014

ROMANS IN RYEDALE & BEYOND

18th October 2014, 9.30am - 6pm

Announcing a one day conference held jointly by RAS, Malton Museum, Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, and the Friends of Malton Museum featuring speakers including Dr Patrick Ottaway, Prof. Roger Ling, Dr Peter Halkon, Dr Pete Wilson, Paula Ware, Steve Roskams, Rachel Wood, Dr Rob Collins & Dr Peter Addyman. Booking for this event is essential, tickets cost just £12, or a paltry £10 for RAS members or Friends of Malton Museum; Tea/coffee will be provided, and the event is followed by a wine reception. Click here for full details and a booking form.


Friends of Roman Aldborough, 150th Anniversary of Aldborough Museum Celebrations

17th July - 24th July 2014

A series of events is being planned to coincide with the Festival of British Archaeology. For individual events, please check the Forthcoming Events listings opposite.


20 May 2014

Archaeological Day at the Catterick Racecourse car park

This will provide a fantastic first-hand opportunity to see one of the excavation sites where digging has been taking place prior to the construction of the A1 Leeming to Barton Scheme.

 • Guided walks led by Stephen Sherlock and Neil Redfern will leave at hourly intervals between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm

• Walks will cross rough ground so suitable footwear is required

• There will be opportunity to view finds from the recent excavations, and NAA staff will be on site to explain their work

Whilst this will be a free event, there will be a charity bucket available, should

anyone wish to make a donation to the Great North Air Ambulance.


20 March 2014

Roman Road Excavations in Hollybank Wood, Ripley, Harrogate.

Open Day 30th March 2014

A team drawn from RAS, South Leeds Archaeology, and various other groups, have recently been excavating a newly discovered Roman road cutting on the road from Ilkley to Aldborough (Margary 720b). By kind permission of Sir Thomas Ingilby, we will be conducting guided visits at hourly intervals from 11am until 4pm on Sunday 30th March, where visitors will not only be able to see the excavated remains of the road itself, but also the revetted structure of the cutting through which it ran, surviving surprisingly well (in parts!) after 1900 years. Assembly will be at a gate some distance along Hollybank Lane and will be well marked from Ripley Car Park. Please note that the site is about a kilometer walk from Ripley and is in woodland, so stout footwear is recommended - there is no vehicular access and dogs will not be permitted. Any enquiries to Mike Haken


2 March 2014

RAC/TRAC 2014  Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th March

The 11th Roman Archaeology Conference

The 24th Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference

At the University of Reading

The University of Reading is proud to host the Biennial International Roman Archaeology Conference in collaboration with the Roman Society, bringing the conference back to where it began in 1995. We have 163 presentations with five or six parallel sessions, with speakers from 16 countries, over half from outside the UK. The fee for all this is just £98, and that even includes lunch on Friday and Saturday; deadline for bookings is the 21st March. For more details, please visit the Conference Webpages


15 January 2014

Evaluation Excavation in Ilkley

On-Site Archaeology are carrying out an evaluation excavation in Ilkley for about a week starting today 15th January. The excavation is prior to development in the garage area just outside the west gate of the Roman fort, an area that has never been excavated, although there have been Roman finds made in the area. The excavation will be opened to the public on Wednesday 22nd January from 10am to 12noon.


15 January 2014

NEW BOOK :“Roman Yorkshire; People, Culture & Landscape” by Patrick Ottaway

“This book presents an important and up to date synthesis of Roman Yorkshire. Patrick Ottaway has spent much of his career as a field archaeologist in York and this volume thus provides an up to date and well informed description of archaeological as well as textual evidence. Its comprehensive coverage will makes this a key work for all interested in the subject, and a starting point for any future study. The location of the area at the interface of the military zone and civil province of Roman Britain also makes Ottaway's study an invaluable account of issues of broader significance within Roman studies.” Prof. Martin Millett, Professor of Classical Archaeology, University of Cambridge. “Roman Yorkshire” is available in hardback for £29.95 plus P&P online at Amazon or by post from the publishers Blackthorn Press and as an eBook for £19.95 from Kobo .


21 November 2013

“150 Years of Roman Yorkshire” a Resounding Success


The speakers, from left to right; Dr Nick Hodgson, Prof. Colin Haselgrove, Dr. Peter Halkon, Malin Holst MSc, Prof. Jenny Price, Prof. Martin Millett, Dr. Sally Worrell, Dr. Patrick Ottaway, Dr. Pete Wilson


The 200 plus people who attended our one day conference “150 Years of Roman Yorkshire” in York on the 9th November will no doubt agree that it was a big success, with informative and stimulating speakers. Fortunately, you won’t have to wait another 150 years until the next one, as we organise a day conference on a Roman theme every second year.


21 November 2013

Geophysics and Fieldwalking Survey, Ulley - Update

Alex Sotheran of Elmet Archaeology informs us that the recent three week project to examine the possible site of a Roman fort in Ulley, near Rotherham, was an excellent example of how Community Archaeology projects can help bring communities together, with over a hundred people getting involved. Unfortunately, the Geophysics found no trace of a Roman fort, or any other archaeological feature, and the fieldwalking found nothing earlier than medieval, save the star find, a single flint. Alex does, however, hope to examine a possible Roman road in Brinsworth next year - we will keep everyone informed. For more details of the Ulley work, read Alex’s blog at http://elmetarchaeology.blogspot.co.uk/


15 October 2013

NEW BOOK and Book Launch,

The Parisi - Britons and Romans in Eastern Yorkshire

By Peter Halkon

This fascinating new publication by our own Hon. Lecture Sec., is now available in all good bookshops etc., published by The History Press, ISBN 8780752448411, price £19.99. Peter sheds new light on the Parisi, the tribe who occupied an area roughly corresponding to the East Riding, possibly the richest region of Britain for the Iron Age and Roman period. To celebrate the publication there will be a public launch and a free public lecture on Wednesday November 6th  2013 at 6.30pm in the Lindsey Suite, Staff House, University of Hull  - all welcome. More details


12 October 2013

Geophysics Survey & Fieldwalking, Ulley, nr Rotherham

Rotherham archgaeological society are conducting a geophysical survey along with fieldwalking of a suspected Roman fort at Ulley Hall Farm between Monday 14th October and Friday 25th October, 2013. Volunteers are welcome, and lunch provided if required. Their website gives more information and contact details


24 September 2013

Brenda Telford

It is with great sadness that I have to report the news of the death of Brenda Telford, who passed away last night in hospital.  She worked on various Roman sites until fairly recently and was an RAS stalwart (with her husband) and well-known volunteer at Claremont for many years until ill-health forced her to resign.  She will be missed by everyone.


2 September 2013

Excavations at the Roman Civilian Settlement at Ravenglass- volunteer opportunities still available

Excavation of settlement is being carried out by YAT in two four week blocks, the first starting today, and the second in September 2014. Volunteer opportunities available, and an Open Day will be held on Friday 13th September 2013. For more details, go to their webpage


15 August 2013

Roman Maryport Settlement Project - volunteer opportunities still available

Excavation of the extra mural settlement is being carried out for an eight week period during August and September. At the time of writing there are still weekday volunteer opportunities available for the last three weeks, and weekend spaces for all remaining weekends. For more details, visit the  web-page which gives a link for an application form.


15 August 2013 (revised)

New Publication:

The Romans at Nostell Priory: Excavations at the new visitor car park 2009’. York: On-Site Archaeology Monograph 3.

D Pinnock   £10 + £3.95 p&p

Publication date early September 2013 - Order from On-Site Archaeology or from Oxbow Books


Nostell Priory: excavations at the new visitor car park (SE 409 172): Excavation carried out by On-Site Archaeology Ltd in 2009 on behalf of the National Trust revealed the remains of a previously unknown multi-period Romano-British settlement. The remains reveal an intriguing military connection.


Five phases were found.  An Iron Age phase was succeeded by an earliest Roman phase dated by Flavian-Trajanic pottery of types associated solely with Roman military sites.  In addition, the presence of wasters indicated the operation of a previously unknown nearby kiln producing both fineware and mortaria.  Other finds included bessales and a box-flue tile that probably originated in a hypocaust and a quern of twin-hopper design that is usually associated with military establishments.  The most likely interpretation is that the remains represent a vicus adjacent to an as yet unidentified Roman fort. Three further phases at the site characterised by land divisions, pits and an unusual double-flued crop drier were also identified, dating from the mid second to the late third or fourth century.  Unlike the early Roman phase, the pottery from these phases lacked military associations and was of types familiar from rural settlement elsewhere in the region.  So radical was the break from the earlier pottery types that there may even have been a hiatus in the habitation of the site after the early Roman phase. The excavations were directed Mark Newman (National Trust) and Graham Bruce (On-Site Archaeology Ltd) with funding from The National Trust.

 


New Book !!

Iron Age and Roman Settlements at Wattle Syke

By L. Martin, J. Richardson and I. Roberts


An account of the excavations of a large Late Iron Age and Roman settlement at Wattle Syke in 2007/8. The early Roman period saw the expansion of the enclosure complex for a site economy geared more towards arable farming and crop processing. The large Roman finds assemblage is suggestive of a link to a nearby villa, possibly Dalton Parlours. An unenclosed late Roman settlement, represented by sunken-floored buildings, is of a type previously unrecognised in the archaeological record of the region.


The monograph is 336 pages including 184 illustrations and photos, and can be purchased for £20 plus £7 p&p, available online or alternatively download the flyer here for more details.


Pompeii Live from the British Museum

Showing at the Picturehouse, York, Tuesday 18th June, 7pm


Pompeii Live is the first live cinema screening of a major museum exhibition.

Tuesday 18 June, doors 6.45, starts 7.00

We will be bringing an exclusive private view of the British Museum’s Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum to screens in Picturehouse cinemas across the country.

See the wonders of the exhibition from the comfort of your cinema seat, introduced live by British Museum director Neil MacGregor. The exhibition’s curator Paul Roberts and other experts will then bring extraordinary objects to life in this unique event.

Plus, you’ll see specially made films of Pompeii and Herculaneum today, and go behind the scenes of the show to explore the stories of these famous Roman cities.

Full price £15, Members £12, Concessions £13

Members’ priority booking from Thursday 28 March, on general sale from Thursday 4 April.


NEW BOOK!!!  Handbook to Roman Legionary Fortresses by M.C.Bishop

Whilst we are hoping that a copy of this might be winging its way onto our library shelves, I thought members might be interested in this for their own collections. Containing over 100 diagrams, full colour photographs and site maps, this authoritative handbook details every known legionary fortress in the empire – around 85 in total. Written by an internationally recognized specialist in this field, the book is accompanied by a particularly useful website which provides online links to sites relevant to particular fortresses as well as stunning aerial views of all the known fortress locations. The book is published by Pen & Sword Books, Barnsley, and is on offer on their website for £15.99 + £4 p&p.


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20 Sept - 4 January 2015

ROMAN EMPIRE Power & People

A British Museum Tour Exhibition

Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds. LS2 8BH


Saturday 11 October, 2.00 pm

Roman Roads in Yorkshire

From Warburton to LiDAR

Hugh Toller, Independent Archaeologist

Hugh will describe his recent work using LIDAR imagery to identify Roman  roads in the county. He will draw on the maps of John Warburton who traced many such routes in the first half of the 18C.

Thornton le Street Village hall, 2pm Admission £2

Places are limited so please book to avoid disappointment - contact John Sheehan; Telephone 01609 771878 or email  jgsheehan@btinternet.com


Thursday 16 October, 5.30pm

Fields and farms, lucre and lightning seeds: people, coins and the rural landscape in Roman Yorkshire

Dr Adrian Chadwick, University of Leicester

Sponsored by the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies

Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds. LS2 8BH FREE, no booking


Thursday 23 October, 5.30pm

Roman York: An Ancient City Revealed

Dr Patrick Ottoway, PJO Archaeology

Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds. LS2 8BH FREE, no booking


Tuesday 28 October 10am-12pm

Roman object handling.

Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds. LS2 8BH

Drop in to the exhibition to handle real Roman artefacts from across the Empire.


Thursday 30th October 8.00pm

The Impact of Dere Street, Catterick and the Roman Army on the Brigantes in the Vale of Mowbray

Greg Speed - Northern Archaeological Associates

Aldborough Village Hall, Aldborough.

Greg will talk about the impact that the construction of Dere Street and its associated Roman settlements (e.g. Catterick) had in the Vale of Mowbray (to the north of Aldborough and Roecliffe). He will outline the impact that it had upon the existing Iron Age settlement pattern and economy, how this developed through the Roman period and its continuing impact into the post-Roman period. He will use hitherto unpublished material in his talk as well as referring to the A1 projects on which he has worked.

Free to members of FORA

Non - members: £5


Thursday 30 October 10am-12pm

A Zoo in My Pocket.

Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds. LS2 8BH

Drop in to the exhibition to learn about animals in the Roman World through the coins they appear on.


Friday 31 October 11am-3pm

We love the Romans.

Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds. LS2 8BH

Free fun activity day, roaming with the Romans. Get into character with Roman Rory.

Sponsored by and run in partnership with the Grammar School at Leeds.


Thursday 6 November, 5.30pm

A Cock and Bull Story: Roman finds from Yorkshire recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme

Amy Downes, West Yorkshire Archaeology Advisory Service

Sponsored by the Leeds Philosophical & Literary Society

Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds. LS2 8BH  FREE, no booking


Friday 7th November, 7.45pm

The real Ben Hur - chariot racing in the Roman Empire

Talk by Dr. John Rumsby, Former curator of the Tolson Memorial Museum

A Huddersfield & District Archaeological Society lecture

Lecture Theatre at the Heritage Quay, UnIversity of Huddersfield, Non-members admission £2.50


Saturday 8th November, 2.00 pm

Greta Bridge

Talk by Dr. David Mason, Principal Archaeologist, Durham County Council

Thornton le Street Village hall, 2pm Admission £2

Places are limited so please book to avoid disappointment - contact John Sheehan; Telephone 01609 771878 or email  jgsheehan@btinternet.com



Thursday 13 November, 5.30pm

Roman Yorkshire: the impact of Eboracum on its hinterlands

Steve Roskams, University of York

Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds. LS2 8BH FREE, no booking


Saturday 22nd November 2.00pm

A Tale of Two Cities: York and Aldborough in Roman times

Dr Patrick Ottaway - PJO Archaeology

Aldborough Village Hall

Dr Ottaway, former Head of Fieldwork for York Archaeological Trust and author of "Roman York" and "Roman Yorkshire: People, Culture and Landscape" will be comparing the role of Isurium Brigantum (Roman Aldborough) with its neighbour Eboracum (York)


Tuesday 2nd December, 5.15pm

The Crosby-Garrett Roman Helmet

Dr. Mike Bishop

UNIVERSITY OF BRADFORD

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCES

Guest Lecture Series

Held at Phoenix SW SA0.08

Further information from Alex Gibson a.m.gibson1@bradford.ac.uk


Every Saturday, 6-20 December 11am-12.15pm

Roman Rory’s Saturnalia Club.

Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds. LS2 8BH

Help Roman Rory the tiger make Roman themed decorations for our festive museum trees.


Saturday 13th December

The Tees Crossing of Cade’s Road

Talk by John Brown, Independent Archaeologist

Thornton le Street Village hall, 2pm Admission £2

Places are limited so please book to avoid disappointment - contact John Sheehan; Telephone 01609 771878 or email  jgsheehan@btinternet.com



Tuesday 16 December 10am-12pm

Roman object handling.

Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds. LS2 8BH

Drop in to the exhibition to handle real Roman artefacts from across the Empire.


Saturday 27 December, Sunday 28 December, Tuesday 30 December 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm

Making Mischief! “Lo Saturnalia”….

Leeds City Museum, Millennium Square, Leeds. LS2 8BH

The Roman winter festival full of jokes and merriment. Free activities where you can make something to

‘trick’ your friends!


Wednesday 11th February 2015 .30pm

Aldborough Village Hall

Kev Cale, Community Archaeology Ltd, and members of FORA will present feedback from the Local Finds Day which was held in Aldborough in July.

 


Wednesday 18th February 2015, 7.30pm

Investigating prehistoric and Roman landscapes in East Yorkshire: the results of some recent projects by Archaeological Services WYAS

Dr. Ian Roberts, Archaeological Services WYAS

Room S1, floor 1 of the Wilberforce Building. Hull University, Cottingham Rd, Hull, Lectures are open to ERAS members and the public (non-members £1.) For more information please contact Rose Nicholson on 07770 470443.


March - date to be confirmed

The Cartimandua Story

Birgitta Hoffmann, honorary research associate at the University of Liverpool and director of excavations for the Roman Gask Project.   

Aldborough Village Hall