Happy New Year from all of us at the Binchester Research Project. We've had some great news to kick things off, as we look forward to Season Three of the excavation this summer. The nice folks at the Roman Research Trust have granted us £2000 to fund two small evaluation trenches intended to investigate some interesting anomalies on the geophysical survey that they funded last year. One area of interest is a possible inhumation cemetery situated within an enclosure to the north of the site towards the Bell Burn; the other is a zone of what may be industrial activity nearer the north entrance of the fort. These trenches are not intended to fully excavate the features, but to evaluate the nature, extent and condition of the potential archaeology. This information will feed into the long-term plans for the project and enhance our understanding of the areas around the fort and vicus.
This blog will share information about the major new field project at the Roman fort of Binchester (Co. Durham), run jointly by Durham County Council, the Dept. of Archaeology, Durham University, Vinovia.org, Texas Tech University and the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland. It will communicate news, events, and once the field season starts a daily update of the discoveries on site. To find out more visit our website