February 24 | Roman Binchester: Barracks, Bath-houses and Belief at a Roman Fort | Dr David Petts, Durham University 7.30pm at Stockton Central Library TS18 1TU. Guests are welcome for £4 each on the door.
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Recent excavations at Binchester have revealed unexpectedly good preservation of the underlying archaeology. This lecture will provide a chance to hear about the range of exciting discoveries made during the 2014 season of work at the site.
The most spectacular developments have been the uncovering of one of the best preserved Roman bath-houses in northern Britain. Standing in places over 2m high, this structure is one of the highlights of the project. However, exciting progress has been made elsewhere including unpicking the complex remains of a Roman cavalry barrack, and its associated latrine block, and the exploration of structures dating to the very final years of the Roman presence in Britain. Finally, this lecture will explore the increasing evidence we’ve found about the religious belief and ritual activities of the population of Roman Binchester, including a discussion of a rare early Christian ring found at the site.
About the speaker
David Petts is a Lecturer of Archaeology at Durham University and has been leading the Binchester project since 2009. He is a specialist in early Christianity in Britain with a particular enthusiasm for early medieval monasticism, and is currently in the early stages of developing a research project to explore the archaeology of Holy Island (Lindisfarne).
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