Explore Castleshaw Roman Forts as part of ‘Dig’ archaeology festival

By Lily Chick

SADDLEWORTH WILL feature as one of the events for the first Greater Manchester Archaeology festival, ‘Dig’.

Castleshaw Roman Forts at Delph

The festival will run from Thursday, 22 June until Sunday, 25 June and has been organised by the Centre for Applied Archaeology at the University of Salford.

Their aim is to increase access, encourage exploration and celebrate the archaeology of Greater Manchester.

There is a host of events planned across the region during the Festival, including a guided tour by the Friends of Castleshaw Roman Forts in Delph.

The free event on Saturday, June 24 will provide the opportunity to be shown around the remains of the fort, established by Agricola around 79 AD and the fortlet which replaced it in the early 2nd century.

There will be an opportunity to have a go at geophysical survey and to view archaeological trenches being excavated.

There will also be three guided walks led by members of the Friends Committee, Paul Renshaw, Sue Exon, and Jacqui Renshaw, taking place at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. The meeting point for the walks is the public car park near Castleshaw centre, Waterworks Road, Delph.

For more information about the Castleshaw Roman Fort day go online. For more information about the Festival and the other events available go online.


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