Friday, 29 August 2014

Event: Romans in Ravenglass at Muncaster Living History Week

Romans in Ravenglass Outreach: the days we went to Muncaster Castle

Over the August bank holiday weekend, the Romans in Ravenglass Outreach team went along to the Muncaster Living History Week. We joined the Red-Wyvern Society, a historical re-enactment society out to recreate life during the 15th century, and a host of other entertainers.

Our first day on site was sunny Sunday. We set up displays in the tent, which included some of the artefacts from Season 1’s excavations.  

We also unveiled our family activity for the two days - our very own site mosaic. The first mosaic tile was laid down by Peter Frost-Pennington of Muncaster Castle and was gradually added to throughout the day.

The artefacts from Season 1 were also very popular. Visitors admired and tried to decipher the amphora rim graffito.

Monday saw the rain come in and the temperature drop, but that didn’t stop the enthusiasm of visitors to the Romans in Ravenglass tent. And we got a lot more of the mosaic completed!

We saw around 150 people over the two fantastic days at Muncaster Castle. Thanks to all of the staff there for making us feel so welcome and for helping us to spread the word about Season 2 of the Romans in Ravenglass project. Also thanks to project volunteers Kim, Rosalie and Philippa who helped on the day.

We’ll be working on completing the mosaic during the excavation open days in September. Be sure to come along to an open day on either 12, 13 or 27 September and add your own tile!

Lisa Keys, Minerva Heritage Ltd

Romans in Ravenglass Outreach Coordinator

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