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Major funding for historic study of Roman naval base in Cumbria

Ravenglass Roman Bath House © English Heritage

One of the most important Roman naval bases in the north of England will be investigated by the community in a far reaching £125,000 study. Plans to put Ravenglass under the microscope have received a major cash boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

News has been welcomed by Lake District National Park Authority’s archaeology and heritage assistant Holly Beavitt-Pike, who said crucial funding paved the way for an exciting three-year investigation. She explained: “Working with Muncaster Parish Council, we are delighted to have been awarded £92,000 from HLF, nearly £30,000 from Copeland Community Fund and a further £4,000 from LDNPA.

This nationally important site was a fort at the southern tip of Hadrian’s Wall. Its bathhouse is the region’s tallest surviving Roman remains.

Our study will focus on the significant civilian settlement which was established there. Local people and wider audiences will be able to join an archaeological investigation to include a geophysical survey and targeted excavation.”

Holly said it was an amazing chance for people not just to understand their rich heritage, but to leave a lasting legacy. Ravenglass, on the western fringe of the Lake District, was occupied from AD 120 through to the fourth century.

The project will be launched in July with fieldwork starting in September. For further information contact Holly Beavitt-Pike on 01539 792687 or email archvol@lakedistrict.gov.uk

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