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Mon, 02 Sept


Berwick Parish Centre

"Recent excavations on a monumental bath-house at Carlisle Cricket Club" with Frank Giecco

Time & Location

02 Sept 2024, 19:30 – 21:00

Berwick Parish Centre, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1FD, UK

About the event

Frank Giecco is technical director at environmental consultancy Wardell Armstrong. Uncovering Roman Carlisle, run by Wardell Armstrong, Cumberland Council and Carlisle Cricket Club, has been supported by government and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The finds at the bathhouse have reinforced how high-status the building once was, amazing bits of sculpture and architectural features. The excavation of a Roman bathhouse has unearthed more than 1,000 "significant finds" including sculptures and gems.

The artefacts included two "priceless" head sculptures of Roman gods discovered by volunteer archaeologists during the six-week dig at Carlisle Cricket Club. The sandstone treasures are thought to date back as far as AD200. The 2,000-year-old gems found would have dropped out of rings affected by the steam of the baths.

This project has won two awards at the 2023 British Archaeology Awards ceremony held in York.

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