Digging way back to the days when the Romans ruled South Shields

South Shields Roman Fort in November 1975.
South Shields Roman Fort in November 1975.

The Roman Fort at the Lawe, in South Shields, provides a fascinating link between the present and the past – and the days of the Roman Empire.

Our pictures shows the official opening of the fort museum in 1953, along with people working on the site in 1975 and 1977, and plans and an artist’s impression of a reconstructed Arbeia Fort.

Section of the base of the south-east angle tower of the Roman Fort at the Lawe. June 1977.

Section of the base of the south-east angle tower of the Roman Fort at the Lawe. June 1977.

The Gazette, in 1977, reported that: “a well-preserved section of the base of the south-east angle tower of the fort has been uncovered in the excavations now being carried out on ground formerly occupied by housing.”

What are your memories of the archeological dig and the exciting discoveries that emerged from beneath the earth after so many years?

Were you involved in the project? If so please get in touch.

Digging in 1978.

Digging in 1978.

Opening of the Roman Fort Museum, South Shields, in 1953.

Opening of the Roman Fort Museum, South Shields, in 1953.

Artists impression of the reconstructed Roman Fort gateway at South Shields Fort. 1986.

Artists impression of the reconstructed Roman Fort gateway at South Shields Fort. 1986.