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Volunteers needed to dig deep at Roman fort

INTO THE PAST ... Arbeia Roman Fort in Baring Street, South Shields.

INTO THE PAST ... Arbeia Roman Fort in Baring Street, South Shields.

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help unearth hidden historical treasures at a South Tyneside landmark.

Bosses at Arbeia Roman Fort in South Shields are appealing for people to join a community archaeology project exploring the eastern sector of Hadrian’s Wall.

This part of the World Heritage Site is largely invisible, and poorly known.

Tyne And Wear Archives And Museums successfully applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund to support a three-year project, entitled Wall Quest: Hadrian’s Wall and its legacy on Tyneside, which runs until 2015.

Project manager Nick Hodgson said: “Research in both urban and rural areas in the eastern 30 miles of the Wall will try to solve some of the many remaining mysteries that surround it.

“Activities will include excavation, but also geophysical survey, fieldwalking, documentary research, and work with excavation archives and finds.

“There will also be a website, programmes of exhibitions, day schools and publications and markers and information panels on the ground, to raise awareness of the eastern sector of the Wall.”

Projects focus on Segedunum Roman Fort in Wallsend and the Wall between Wallsend and Newcastle, and central Newcastle and Roman Gateshead, and the surroundings of the fort at Benwell.

But there will be opportunities to participate in excavation and research at Arbeia Roman Fort, in Baring Street, and efforts will be made to locate the lost crossing of the North Tyne by the Roman road between Corbridge and Carlisle.

Mr Hodgson added: “These are just some of the projects that will take pace as part of WallQuest. All will involve local volunteers.

“We want to hear from the local communities themselves about the things they would like to find out about the Wall, and the sort of research activities that will interest them most.”

If you are interested in taking part, wish to know more about the project, or have any suggestions, visit the project website, www.hadrianswallquest.co.uk.

You can also contact Mr Hodgson, Archaeological Project Manager, Arbeia Roman Fort, Baring Street, South Shields, NE33 2BB.

Alternatively, call 454 4093 or e-mail nick.hodgson@twmuseums.org.uk.

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